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Hezbollah warns Israel against drilling in Karish field: We’re ready to use force

File: Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem speaks in the Ghobeiry neighborhood of southern Beirut on May 13, 2016. (AFP Photo/Stringer)
File: Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem speaks in the Ghobeiry neighborhood of southern Beirut on May 13, 2016. (AFP Photo/Stringer)

Sheikh Naim Qassem, Hezbollah’s deputy leader, warns Israel against drilling in an offshore natural gas field claimed by Lebanon, saying the terror group is prepared to act — “including force” — against Israeli operations in the Karish field.

“When the Lebanese state says that the Israelis are assaulting our waters and our oil, then we are ready to do our part in terms of pressure, deterrence and use of appropriate means – including force,” Qassem tells Reuters.

Qassem says “the issue requires a decisive decision from the Lebanese state,” adding the Iran-backed terror group “urged the government to hurry up, to set a deadline for itself.”

He also says Hezbollah will act “no matter the response.”

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