A PORTUGAL AP — The president of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah organization warned on Saturday that his troops will continue to use the tense border to exert pressure on Israel. They have introduced new weapons into the current conflict along the Lebanon-Israel border, including a rocket with a large warhead.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also attacked the United States on the Israel-Hamas conflict, claiming that it is the only nation capable of halting Israel’s all-out assault on the Gaza Strip but chooses not to. According to Washington, there have been over 40 rocket and suicide drone assaults on American troops in Iraq and Syria. He stated that these attacks will not stop until the Gaza conflict is resolved.
As hostilities near Lebanon’s southern border worsen, Nasrallah made these remarks. Following the deaths of seven Hezbollah members by an Israeli strike in central Syria, Hezbollah launched three suicide drone attacks on northern Israel on Friday.
While calling the Thursday suicide drone strike on the Israeli town of Eilat in the Red Sea “a great achievement,” Nasrallah did not take credit for it.
Since October 8, when Hamas launched a murderous attack on southern Israel that resulted in the deaths of at least 1,200 Israeli soldiers and civilians as well as the kidnapping of over 200 more, Hezbollah and Israeli troops have been engaging in gunfire along the border between Lebanon and Israel.
Hezbollah officials claim that by attacking Israeli posts along the border, the organization, which receives support from Iran, is keeping three divisions of the Israeli army occupied at a time when Israeli troops are advancing into the Gaza Strip, where the Hamas-run Health Ministry reports that over 11,000 people have died in the last five weeks.
“The side handling this aggression is the side that has the power to stop it. It is America,” Nasrallah declared, alluding to the country that is Israel’s principal backer.
According to Nasrallah, the weapons employed and the intensity of the strikes within Israel have changed recently in the conflict along Lebanon’s southern border. He claimed that unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance drones, of which some were shot down and others returned to base with intelligence, had been sent into northern Israel by Hezbollah.
Hezbollah said on Saturday that its fighters had struck an army battalion on the Israeli side of the border and at least three Israeli installations.
Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri’s Shiite Muslim Amal group published a statement after an Israeli drone strike killed one fighter and injured two more. The group is affiliated with Hezbollah. In the five weeks since the combat started, Hezbollah has lost close to seventy fighters, while Ali Daoud became the first fighter from Amal to be killed in action.
According to Nasrallah, the group attacked an Israeli military outpost near the border on Saturday with one Burkan rocket. According to him, the rocket is capable of transporting a payload weighing between 300 kg (661 lbs) and 500 kg (1,100 lbs).
Nasrallah remarked, “You can imagine (what happens) when half a ton of explosives fall on Israeli posts.”
According to the Israeli military, in retaliation for attacks from Lebanon, its aircraft hit several Hezbollah locations. Infrastructure, military installations, weaponry stores, and intelligence infrastructure are among the targets, according to the military.
The deepest hit since the start of the most recent round of warfare occurred on Friday, when Israel’s air force attacked a truck in the seaside town of Zahrani, approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the border, according to Lebanese media agencies.
Nasrallah stated that the leaders of 57 nations “should stand united and scream in the face of Americans and ask them to stop this aggression, war, and crimes” in Gaza. Nasrallah was speaking of the Muslim and Arab summit that Saudi Arabia was hosting with the goal of creating their own cohesive policy on Gaza.