If Israel attacks on Iran, pays 'heavy price': Hezbollah

Fighting could spread across the MidEast with Israel paying a "heavy price" if it launched military action against Iran, the deputy leader of Hezbollah said.

If Israel attacks on Iran, pays 'heavy price': Hezbollah

Fighting could spread across the Middle East with Israel paying a "heavy price" if it launched military action against Iran, the deputy leader of Hezbollah said on Thursday.

"Israel or the United States cannot just bomb Iran and (expect) things to continue normally," Sheikh Naim Kassem told Reuters. "Any attack on Iran could ignite the whole region and the assailant will pay a heavy price whether its Israel or the United States."

He said any countries which allowed an attack on Iran to be launched from U.S. bases on their terriority would also face reprisals.

Israel treathens to hit Iran's nuclear facilities if Islamic State continues the uranium enrichment.

Iran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and aimed at generating electricity.

The United States and other western powers suspect Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon and are currently discussing the imposition of new economic sanctions against Tehran.

Kassem refused to discuss details of Hezbollah's role in responding to any attack on Iran.

Hezbollah, a Shi'ite Lebanese group, was set up with the help of Iranian Revolutionary Guards to fight Israeli forces that invaded Lebanon in 1982 and still enjoys strong support from Tehran as well as Syria.

Isael killed 1,200 lives Lebanese during a 34-day war Lebanon in 2006 in which Hezbollah defended the country. 159 people were also killed in Israel. Hezbollah has since rearmed.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Mart 2010, 08:19
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