Hezbollah vows to displace 'millions' in Israel if Lebanon attacked

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Beirut, Jun 5: The head of Lebanon's powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah threatened on today that his group would displace "millions" in Israel if the Jewish state attacks Lebanon.

Hassan Nasrallah made the threat in a televised address weeks after an Israeli army official warned that Israel would "have to" target civilian areas in Lebanon in a future confrontation with Hezbollah.

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Hezbollah vows to displace 'millions'

"If they threaten to displace 1.5 million Lebanese, then the Islamic resistance in Lebanon (Hezbollah) threatens to displace millions of Israelis," Nasrallah hit back. "We are not afraid of your war or of your threats," he said.

"If you assume that we are busy in Syria, then you are wrong -- because this changes nothing in how we deal with our enemy."

For more than two years, Hezbollah has been fighting in Syria on behalf of embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Speaking to journalists on May 13, the Israeli army official said all villages in south Lebanon are a "military stronghold" where Hezbollah stockpiles rockets capable of hitting his country.

"Each (village) is a military stronghold. Next time we have a war with Hezbollah, we will have to attack each one of these targets, and we hope the population will not be there," he said.

Hezbollah fought a deadly month-long war with Israel in the summer of 2006 which killed more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and some 160 Israelis, most of them soldiers.

PTI

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