News ID: 110555
Published: 0817 GMT January 30, 2015

Nasrallah: Hezbollah’s response proportionate to casualties it suffered

Nasrallah: Hezbollah’s response proportionate to casualties it suffered

Hezbollah's ambush on an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday was planned to resemble Israel's attack on a Hezbollah convoy 10 days earlier, movement's Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday.

"They killed us in broad daylight, we kill them in broad daylight," Nasrallah said in a televised speech during a ceremony commemorating the martyrdom of six members of the group along with an Iranian general by an Israeli airstrike on the Golan Heights town of Qunaitra earlier this month, The Daily Star reported.

"They hit two of our vehicles, we hit two of their vehicles," he noted.

He noted that the time, manner and target of the retaliation to the January 18 Israeli attack were almost identical, emphasizing that Hezbollah's response was equivalent to the casualties it suffered.

Nasrallah said Israel's attack on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria revealed the unity between Beirut, Damascus and Tehran.

Nasrallah said that the martyrs of the attack reflect a "fusion of Lebanese-Iranian blood on Syrian territory, and reflects the unity of the cause and the unity of the fate of these countries".

Nasrallah extended his condolences to the families of the victims of Israeli attack.

He also expressed his respect to the eight Lebanese soldiers killed during fierce clashes with terrorists near Ras Baalbek last week.

His remarks came two days after Hezbollah retaliated to the Qunaitra attack, when troops fired anti-tank missiles towards an Israeli military convoy in the occupied Shebaa Farms, killing two Israeli soldiers.

Head of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement said the Middle East region is suffering from "a cancerous growth called Israel".

He described the Israeli regime as a 'trauma' and a 'bacterium of corruption' which has been plaguing the whole region since 1948.

He recapped crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli regime in the region, referring to the Tel Aviv's brutalities against Palestinians and Syrians.

"Israel has in recent years resorted to the same arrogant practices it had adopted decades ago. It has carried out a bloody campaign against Gaza and violated the most basic of Palestinian rights," Hezbollah leader added.

Nasrallah further referred to the role of Israel in Syria and the regime's support for the terrorists operating against the Syrian government, saying, "In Syria, Israel has been backing the extremist groups and shelling government's positions under various excuses. In Lebanon, it does not recognize resolution 1701 and has committed thousands of violations against its sovereignty."


Arab League inaction


Nasrallah also referred to the Arab countries' inaction toward the crimes committed by the Tel Aviv regime, saying, "Israel is taking advantage of the divisions in the region and the complete absence of the stances by the Arab countries, especially the so-called Arab League."

"There is no such thing as an Arab League or an independent Arab stance when it comes to Israel. Arab positions and arms are available when it comes to Yemen, Iraq, and Syria," he said.

The 22-member league 'is not absent', Nasrallah contended, "but does not exist at all".

Nasrallah also took Israel to task for supporting terrorists in Syria, including the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front, saying, "Thousands of members of Al-Nusra Front are present along the border with Israel in the occupied Golan Heights."


Same response


Also on Friday, Commander of Islamic Revolution Guardian Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Hezbollah takes its power from perseverance, faith, and resistance, adding that Iran and Hezbollah responses to the Israeli regime are the same.

The general was talking on the sidelines of a ceremony held in Tehran to commemorate the martyrs of Quneitara.

Jafari said the response given to the Israeli regime was the least.

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