Nasrallah to deliver speech at memorial ceremony for assassinated Hezbollah commander

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Amid spiraling tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, the Shia terror group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah is slated to give an address in Beirut today at 5 p.m.

The televised address headlines the memorial ceremony for senior Hezbollah commander Taleb Abdullah, whom Israel assassinated last week.

Yesterday, Hezbollah published footage from what it said was one of its reconnaissance drones flying over northern Israel, including the Haifa port.

In recent months, the group has increasingly launched drones, including explosive-laden ones, at northern Israel.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Israel Katz warned that Hezbollah would be destroyed in the event of a “total war.”

In Beirut yesterday, US envoy Amos Hochstein called for the “urgent” de-escalation of cross-border exchanges as alarm grows in the US that a full-blown war could erupt in Lebanon.

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