Hezbollah says rocket attack on Israeli-occupied Golan marks "new phase"


Hezbollah terrorists on parade.

Israel launched a massive airstrike against what it said were 60 "Iranian" military targets in Syria late last week, calling the measure retaliation for the firing of almost two dozen rockets into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

"You as an enemy will not be able to continue to target Syria and the axis of resistance without retaliation", he said, adding, "This qualitative rocket attack establishes for a complete new phase" in the conflict with Israel. Iranian forces and Hezbollah have deployed to Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

The Israeli Air Force hit multiple targets in Syria late last week in what it said was a "retaliatory" measure amid an alleged Iranian military buildup in the Arab Republic. Iran has denied that it has an extensive military presence in Syria, saying its contingent is limited to military advisers, who are in the country to help the Syrian army ongoing fight against terrorism.

Nasrallah said 55 missiles were launched from Syrian territory in the attack.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, 82, is undergoing minor ear surgery in a West Bank hospital and is expected to.

In a televised speech Nasrallah said the rocket attack showed Syria and its allies are ready to go to "the greatest extent" to defend Syria from Israel. The rocket attack had set the stage for "an entirely new phase", he said.

Among the targets were a weapons depot in the worldwide airport in Damascus, as well as positions, observation posts, and arms placed in the buffer zone on the Israel-Syria border. In past weeks, Israel is believed to have carried out a number of strikes against military bases in Syria, killing Iranian and Syrian troops.

"If anyone is afraid of war in the region, it is Israel", Nasrallah said.

Iran has not claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Israel blamed Iranian Quds forces inside Syria for firing the rockets.

An Iron Dome missile defense system, created to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, is deployed in northern Israel on May 7, 2018.

Nasrallah claimed Israel had not struck strategically significant targets during its attacks in Syria.

Hassan Nasrallah said that Israel has been informed through an worldwide body that retaliation inside Israel will take place if it crosses "a red line" in Syria, without providing specifics. Nasrallah did not spell out what the "red lines" were.

The group's deputy leader, Sheikh Naim Kassem, also said the USA decision to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a unilateral step "that Palestinians will not accept and therefore it is worthless".



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