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No Clear Answer From Hezbollah Regarding Missile Claims

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7Dnews London

Sat, 13 Oct 2018 13:31 GMT

Hezbollah’s leader made no mention of the group’s weapons capabilities in his first speech after Israel’s claims that the group has a missile-launching facility near Beirut’s international airport.

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's comments on October 12th were his first since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the accusation last month. The Israeli PM held up an aerial image of the alleged missile sites and accused Hezbollah of setting up rocket factories near Beirut's airport. Netanyahu also claimed the Islamic militant group is using civilian infrastructure to hide the missile launch facilities.

In his speech, Nasrallah made no direct comment about the allegations. He only said, "We should not help the enemy in its psychological war against our country, people and government."

"Delivering free information even by denying is considered as a free favour for the enemy," Nasrallah added. He said his group is using what he called "intentional ambiguity."

Just last month Nasrallah boasted that Hezbollah now possesses "highly accurate" missiles, despite Israeli attempts to prevent the group from acquiring such weapons.

According to the Associated Press, Nasrallah also used the opportunity to take a swipe at US President Donald Trump for his repeated calls on Saudi officials to pay Washington for protection of the kingdom.

"The intimidation (of Trump's speech) aims to extortion. He is blackmailing them (Saudi Arabia) to sell them more weapons," Nasrallah said. "They will ask him for more protection and he will get more money."


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