News ID: 124726
Publish Date : 16 February 2024 - 21:58

Hezbollah Missiles Ready to Hit As Far As Eilat

BEIRUT (Dispatches) –
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed Friday that Israel will pay “with blood” for civilians martyred this week in Lebanon, warning the Lebanese resistance has missiles that can reach far south in the occupied territories.
“The response to the massacre should be continuing resistance work at the front and escalating resistance work at the front,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech.
“Our women and our children who were killed in these days, the enemy will pay the price of spilling their blood in blood,” he said.
He warned that the movement has “precision-guided missiles that can reach... Eilat”, on Israel’s Red Sea coast, well beyond the northern towns it usually targets in retaliatory strikes.
Hezbollah and the Zionist regime have been exchanging near-daily fire across the border since the Israeli war on Gaza broke out on October 7.
Nasrallah said the killing of civilians was aimed at “putting pressure” on Hezbollah “to stop” firing rockets at Zionist targets, but stressed that instead the resistance will intensify its retaliatory operations.
Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency (NNA) said Israeli warplanes hit five southern village overnight.
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who condemned the latest deadly Israeli aggression, has said Beirut will lodge a complaint with the UN Security Council.
Hezbollah said it fired dozens of rockets into northern occupied territories, a day after Israeli raids martyred 15 people in dense urban areas in Lebanon’s south.
In a statement issued late Thursday, Hezbollah said, “In a first response to the massacres in Nabatiyeh and Sawaneh, Islamic resistance fighters fired dozens of Katyusha-type rockets at Kiryat Shmona.”
The retaliation came shortly after Hezbollah said the Zionist regime would “pay the price” for killing civilians including five children in southern Lebanon, the deadliest day for Lebanese people in four months of Israeli aggression.
Seven of the civilians were martyred in Nabatieh late on Wednesday when an Israeli strike on the southern city hit a multi-story building. The dead were from the same extended family, and included three children.
It followed an earlier attack that killed a woman and two children in the village of Al-Sawana at the Lebanese border, who were buried on Thursday.
The bodies of the children, wrapped in green shrouds, were so small they each fitted on two plastic chairs as people came to pay respects, Reuters reported. Their father held them tight before they were buried as another man sobbed on his shoulder, it said.
“The enemy will pay the price

for these crimes,” Hezbollah politician Hassan Fadlallah told Reuters, saying Hezbollah had a “legitimate right to defend its people”.
Hezbollah has responded to Israeli aggression in solidarity with the Palestinians with a flurry of rocket fire and precision missiles which have hit military targets.
Hezbollah has said its campaign will stop only when Israel halts its war on the Gaza Strip, where more than 28,000 people have been killed according to health authorities in Gaza.
On Wednesday, Hezbollah targeted a military base in Safed about 15 km from the Lebanese border with rocket fire, killing one soldier and wounding eight others.
Strikes on dense urban areas far from the Lebanese border like those on Nabatieh on Wednesday are a new phase in Israeli aggression.
The United Nations urged a halt to what it called a “dangerous escalation” of the conflict, which has played out in parallel to the Israeli war on Gaza and fueled concerns of a wider confrontation.
Andrea Tenenti, spokesman for UNIFIL, the UN’s peacekeeping force in Lebanon, said it had noted a “concerning shift in the exchanges of fire, including targeting of areas far from the Blue Line” - the current demarcation between Lebanon and the territories occupied by Israel.
The Israeli violence has killed more than 200 people in Lebanon. Around a dozen Zionist troops and five other Zionists have been killed in retaliatory strikes by Hezbollah which have also forced Tel Aviv to evacuate settlements near the Lebanese border.