Nasrallah: Millions to be displaced in Israel

Hezbollah leader vows to defeat ISIS in Arsal and force Israelis out of their state if Lebanon is ever attacked

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah addressed his supporters by video link and discussed a few issues, the most prominent of which being battles in Arsal and Qalamoun. He also stated his group’s intention to “displace millions” in Israel if Lebanon is ever attacked.

"If they threaten to displace 1.5 million Lebanese, then the Islamic resistance in Lebanon threatens to displace millions of Israelis," Nasrallah said. Hezbollah fought a deadly month-long war with Israel in the summer of 2006 which resulted in the deaths more than 1,200 Lebanese people, mostly civilians, and some 160 Israelis, most of them soldiers.

Hezbollah’s leader insists that the fighting in Syria will not distract his Iranian-backed militia, and the group will continue to prevent Syrian opposition groups from entering Lebanon.

"If you assume that we are busy in Syria, then you are wrong - because this changes nothing in how we deal with our enemy," he said.

Nasrallah’s Hezbollah has been supporting the Syrian president since the start of the civil war in 2011.

The Syrian army seized numerous villages and hilltops in Qalamoun with Hezbollah's military backup, Syria's state television has reported.

The army statement said it was "tightening the noose on terrorist positions" in the area, and Nasrallah confirmed his group had the upper hand in Qalamoun.

Nasrallah denied accusations that his group was planning to enter Arsal, accusing his rivals in the Future Movement - led by Saad Hariri - of spreading rumours as a scare tactic.

Hezbollah has been fighting militants on Arsal’s outskirts in recent days, capturing more than a dozen positions and hilltops from the Nusra Front-led fighters.

"Not a single Hezbollah official ever said that Hezbollah had a plan to enter Arsal," Nasrallah said

Nasrallah affirmed that Hezbollah will not enter the town of Arsal as that is the responsibility of the Lebanese army.

"We do not want to enter the town and we do not want to get near it. This is the responsibility of the Army and security forces," he added.

Last month Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader, said his party would take action if the Lebanese army does not oust the thousands of militants in Arsal. This has caused a storm of criticism by his rivals led by the “Future” movement.

Nasrallah said the next battle will be with ISIS after expelling Nusra Front fighters from the area.

More than five of the Hezbollah fighters including a leader were killed on Thursday in Qalamoun in the south of Syria, according to claims from Syrian opposition groups including the Nusra Front, made through their social media accounts.

TRTWorld and agencies