Hezbollah leader says his fighters will keep up pressure on Israel | ET REALITY


The head of the powerful Lebanese Hezbollah militia, Hassan Nasrallah, said on Saturday that his group intended to maintain pressure on Israel and claimed it was attacking deeper into Israeli territory with powerful new weapons.

Since war broke out more than a month ago between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian armed group that controls Gaza, Israel and Hezbollah have repeatedly clashed along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. Hamas and Hezbollah are backed by Iran and share the goal of eradicating Israel.

But in analysts’ assessment, Israel and Hezbollah appeared to be calibrating their actions to avoid triggering what Israeli officials fear could become a broader regional war. Nasrallah has previously described Hezbollah’s goal as a controlled battle along the border aimed at undermining Israel’s morale and resources.

Nasrallah once again stopped calling on Saturday for an immediate and all-out regional war, echoing comments he made in a speech last week, although he continued to issue the threat.

For now, Hezbollah – along with militant groups in the West Bank and Yemen – will continue to support Hamas by keeping Israeli forces engaged on multiple fronts.

β€œThe pressure must continue,” Nasrallah said during his televised speech in Lebanon, adding that events on the battlefield would determine whether this would escalate into a larger conflict. “We are in a battle of perseverance and patience.”

As clashes continued along Israel’s increasingly volatile border with Lebanon, the Hezbollah leader said his group was now trying to strike targets deeper inside Israel with newer, more advanced weapons.

“There has been a quantitative improvement in terms of the number of operations and the type of weapon used,” he said, adding that Hezbollah had for the first time used drones and powerful new missiles and rockets, some of them with up to 500 missiles. kilograms of explosives (or approximately 1,100 pounds) against Israeli forces in recent days.

Hezbollah has also increasingly deployed surface-to-air missiles against Israeli drones, which have caused heavy casualties among Hezbollah fighters in recent weeks, according to the Israeli military.

In response to what Israelis noted as an increase in Hezbollah attacks with more sophisticated weaponry, the Israeli military intensified its airstrikes inside Lebanon on Friday night, targeting Hezbollah weapons depots and intelligence infrastructure after a series of Hezbollah attacks using self-destructive drones. and the missiles seriously injured four Israeli soldiers.

Last week, after an Israeli drone strike killed a woman and three girls in southern Lebanon, Hezbollah also fired a barrage of Grad rockets at the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona, the first time the group has done since the fighting began.

Hwaida Saad and Yara Bayoumy contributed with reports.

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