Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah responded to Thursday’s Israeli army air strikes on Lebanese territory. He warned that each blow would be followed by a response, but in an “appropriate and proportionate manner”. “We don’t want to go to war, but we are prepared for it,” Nasrallah said.
Israel on Thursday launched air strikes on open areas in southern Lebanon in response to the launch of three rockets by Hezbollah. In response, Hezbollah re-fired Israeli positions in the disputed Shebaa Farm area with missiles that did not cause any damage, most of which were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system.
“Our response was tied to the Israeli attacks on southern Lebanon, the first in fifteen years,” Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech. – We want to convey to the enemy that after each Israeli air strike on Lebanon, there will inevitably be a response, but in an appropriate and proportionate way, because we want to protect our country – he stressed.
According to him, the Israeli air strikes constitute a “very dangerous situation”. “We don’t want to go to war, but we are prepared for it,” Nasrallah said.
Israeli army spokesman: We don’t want real war, but we’re ready for it
Israeli army spokesman Amnon Shefler on Friday warned that Israel does not want to “escalate tensions” on the Lebanese border, but is “ready” to deal with it. so that these terrorist acts continue. We will do what is necessary, “Shefler said.
The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) warned on Friday of a “very dangerous situation” and called for an “immediate” ceasefire. In turn, the United States called on the Lebanese government to “promptly prevent” Hezbollah fighters, considered by Washington as a terrorist organization, from launching missiles at Israel.
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