[News] Hezbollah warns of Tel Aviv strike
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Hezbollah warns of Tel Aviv strike
Thursday 03 August 2006 3:13 PM GMT
The leader of Hezbollah has warned that the group will launch rockets
at Tel Aviv if Israel attacks central Beirut.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a televised statement on
Thursday released hours after Hezbollah launched over 100 rockets at
northern Israel, killing seven people.
Nasrallah said: "If you strike Beirut, the Islamic resistance will
strike Tel Aviv and it is able to do so."
A senior Israeli defence source said Israel would respond by
attacking Lebanon's infrastructure if a strike on Tel Aviv took place.
Nasrallah also said that Hezbollah would end its rocket attacks
against northern Israel if it stopped attacking civilian areas of Lebanon.
However Naim Kassem, Hezbollah's deputy leader, told Aljazeera that
the group would not accept a ceasefire that did not include the
withdrawal of all Israeli troops from Lebanese soil.
"An end of [Israeli] aggression means three things: firstly a
ceasefire, secondly the return of those evicted, and third of all the
departure of Israel from any land it might have occupied."
An Israeli warplane dropped leaflets on Beirut's Hezbollah-dominated
southern suburb on Thursday, urging residents to leave the area
because Israel planned to widen its offensive in Beirut.
"To the residents of Haret Hreik, Beer al-Abed, Hay Madi and Rweis,
for your own safety you must flee those suburbs immediately," said
the Arabic leaflets, signed "The State of Israel".
The Israeli army has also received new orders from Amir Peretz, the
Israeli defence minister, to take control of southern Lebanon from
the border to the Litani river.
An Israeli push to the river would leave its forces in control of
Lebanese territory about 30km wide and 30km deep.
About 10,000 Israeli troops have pushed into southern Lebanon in the
ground offensive against Hezbollah.
Israel also continued its airstrikes, bombing the capital Beirut and
killing at least four people in the south.
At least seven people were killed and many injured during a series of
rocket attacks on northern Israel by Hezbollah fighters.
Over 100 rockets landed inside northern Israel within the space of
one hour on Thursday afternoon, Israeli officials said.
In Maalot, three Israeli Arabs were killed when a rocket landed near
their car. Three people were also killed during rocket attacks on the
town of Acre. It was not clear where the seventh person died.
Three Israeli soldiers also died on Thursday during clashes with
Hezbollah inside southern Lebanon.
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