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Hezbollah warns Greek Cyprus against aiding Israel for 1st time since Oct. 7

Hezbollah warns Greek Cyprus against aiding Israel for 1st time since Oct. 7 Nasrallah says they are not fighting in Syria on Iran's orders, South of Lebanon, March 6, 2016. (AA Photo)
By Reuters
Jun 20, 2024 10:06 AM

The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Wednesday that nowhere in Israel would be safe if a full-fledged war breaks out between the two foes and also threatened EU member Greek Cyprus for the first time along with other parts of the Mediterranean.

Hezbollah has been trading fire with Israel for more than eight months in parallel with the Gaza war. On Tuesday, the Iran-backed group published what it claimed to be drone footage of sensitive military sites deep in Israeli territory.

In a televised address on Wednesday, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah declared, “There will be no place safe from our missiles and our drones” in Israel if a broader war erupts.

The group also has “a bank of targets” that it can strike with precision, he stated.

Israel “knows that what also awaits it in the Mediterranean is very big … In the face of a battle of this magnitude, it knows that it must now wait for us on land, in the air, and at sea,” Nasrallah added.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz had warned on Tuesday that a decision on an all-out war with Hezbollah was imminent, and Israel’s military announced that “operational plans for an offensive in Lebanon were approved and validated.”

Nasrallah also threatened Greek Cyprus – the EU member state in closest proximity to Lebanon, with which it has cordial relations – accusing it of allowing Israel to use its airports and bases for military exercises.

“The Greek Cypriot government must be warned that opening airports and bases for the Israeli enemy to target Lebanon means that the Greek Cypriot government has become part of the war, and the resistance (Hezbollah) will deal with it as part of the war,” Nasrallah said.

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