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Hezbollah threatens rocket barrage if Israel attacks Lebanon
Published Sunday 25/11/2012 (updated) 26/11/2012 14:32
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BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel on Sunday that thousands of rockets would rain down on Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities if Israel attacked Lebanon.

In a speech marking the Shiite Muslim festival of Ashura, Nasrallah said Hezbollah's response to any attack would dwarf the attacks from Gaza during the eight-day conflict between Israel and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip.

"Israel, which was shaken by a handful of Fajr-5 rockets during eight days - how would it cope with thousands of rockets which would fall on Tel Aviv and other (cities)... if it attacked Lebanon?" he said in speech, relayed by video-link to tens of thousands of Shiite faithful in central Beirut.

Hezbollah, which fought an inconclusive 34-day war with Israel in 2006, flew a drone over Israel last month, further escalating tensions in the region after Israel threatened to bomb the nuclear sites of Hezbollah's patron Iran.

Nasrallah said the rockets fired into Israel during the Gaza conflict had a range of between 40 to 70 km, while Hezbollah could strike anywhere from Israel's northern border to its southern Red Sea port of Eilat.

The mourning festival of Ashura commemorates the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein and most of his family, leading to the division of Islam into Sunni and Shiite sects, a split that continues to plague the Islamic world.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
25/11/2012 14:31
I don't think very many Lebanese are happy with Nasrallah hiding in his rat-hole and issuing threats. The last time Nasrallah waged his war, over 1000 Lebanese died and their economy suffered years of damage. If Hezbollah sends "thousands of rockets which would fall on Tel Aviv" does anybody think Lebanon would not suffer a fate 10 times worse? Tis war mongering Iranian-puppet will eventually be eliminated by Lebanese, who don't want Iran running their country into the ground any more.

2 ) nachman / israel
25/11/2012 18:11
i think the suna suriyan will do the job for lebanon - dismental hizballa .

3 ) milad / al quds
25/11/2012 19:33
long live the resistance

4 ) Charity Clayton / UK
25/11/2012 19:57
Funny how Israel objects to a drone so badly, when they and their buddies in the US find them perfectly acceptable over other countries!! NIMBY?

5 ) gabi / austalia
26/11/2012 00:47
Brian Cohen - here we go again. The last time ISRAEL waged war on Lebanon, they did it after they claimed that thousands of rockets had been fired into Israel from Lebanon, when not a single rocket was fired across the border in the previous 11 months. And if you don't believe me, then just read Uri Avnery on the subject. Of course you would probably call him a self-hating Jew - just for telling the truth.

6 ) Carlos / usa
27/11/2012 14:44
I think all Lebanese are thankful to Hezbollah for thier independence from israeli tyrany. It was Hezbollah which freed Lebanon from the israeli occupation of about 10 years. It was Hezbollah which kept Lebanon free after israeli 2006 invasion. If israel wants to blame anyone for Hezbollah being so popular in Lebanon israel did it by invading Lebanon in 2006 and occupying Lebanon earlier. Whatever is Hezbollah's bad points it has allowed Lebanon to not be a subserviant state to israel or the US.

7 ) cynthia / france
27/11/2012 17:23
carlos ..stop exagerrating
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