Hezbollah chief defends arsenal

Nasrallah says Lebanese group has right to use "any weapon" against Israeli military.

    Hezbollah has denied Israeli reports that the group has acquired anti-aircraft missiles [AFP]

    "We have the right, the entire right to possess any weapon and among it the air defence weapon and we have also the right to use this weapon when we need it," Nasrallah told a crowd of supporters in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

    But he refused to confirm or deny Israeli reports that Hezbollah has acquired anti-aircraft weapons from Syria, Lebanon's eastward neighbour.

    Nasrallah said that an air defence system would challenge Israel's air, military and naval strength and change the balance of power in the region.

    Israel's last large-scale attack on Lebanon came in July 2006, when it struck Hezbollah targets in response to a cross-border raid by the Lebanese resistance group.

    More than 1,200 people in Lebanon, most of them civilians, were killed during the 34-day conflict, while 159 Israelis died as a result of the war.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Assassinating Kim Jong-un could go so wrong

    Assassinating Kim Jong-un could go so wrong

    The many ways in which the assassination of the North Korean leader could lead to a total disaster.

    Lebanon has a racism problem

    Lebanon has a racism problem

    The problem of racism in Lebanon goes beyond xenophobic attitudes towards Syrian and Palestinian refugees.

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.