ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 148

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‘A civilian for a civilian’: Nasrallah threatens attacks against Israelis, US troops in region

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah speaks via a video link during activities marking the Shiite Muslim holy day of Ashura in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, July 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah speaks via a video link during activities marking the Shiite Muslim holy day of Ashura in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, July 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Hassan Nasrallah says Hezbollah is not intimidated by American threats and by US forces deployed to the region.

“Since the outbreak of the war, the US has threatened to bomb us in Lebanon from its military ships in the Mediterranean. We are prepared for whatever scenario,” he says.

“If an all-out war breaks out, you Americans will pay with your ships, your aircrafts and your soldiers,” he threatens.

“Remember your defeats in Lebanon and Iraq, and your humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan. Those who defeated you in Lebanon in the 1980s are still alive and their children and grandchildren are ready to face you,” he claims.

“Your fleet in the Mediterranean do not scare us… We are ready to face the fleet you threaten us with,” Nasrallah says, addressing the US. “Whoever wants to prevent a regional war must quickly stop the aggression on Gaza,” he added.

Following up on previous statements in which he placed the blame on the US for backing Israel, Nasrallah says: “Only you Americans can end what is happening now in Gaza, since you started it.”

Noting that his terror group is not intimidated and will not change its course because of threats, Nasrallah says: “The only factor that will affect our position is the progression of the war.”

“I tell Israel: Do not go any further. Many civilians have already died. I promise you: A civilian for a civilian.”

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