Hezbollah chief warns response to Arli killing is 'inevitable'

Hezbollah chief warns response to Arli killing is 'inevitable'

The head of Lebanon's Iran-backed group Hezbollah warned Israel on Friday that it would respond swiftly “on the battlefield” to the killing of Hamas's deputy leader in one of its Beirut strongholds.

“Reactions are bound to come. We cannot remain silent in the face of violations of this scale, because that means all of Lebanon will be exposed,” Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address.

“The decision is now in the hands of the battlefield,” he said in his second speech since Saleh al-Arli's killing.

“Fighters from all parts of the border … will respond to dangerous violations in the suburbs,” he added.

Tuesday's attack, widely believed to be carried out by Israel, killed Mr. Aluri in Hezbollah's southern Beirut stronghold.

He was the most high-profile Hamas figure killed during the war, and his death occurred in the first attack on the Lebanese capital since hostilities began.

In a speech on Wednesday, Prime Minister Nasrallah warned Israel against going to war against Lebanon and threatened that the group's response would have “no limits”.

Since the Israeli-Hamas war broke out on October 7, Hezbollah and arch-rival Israel have been exchanging fire almost daily across the border, and the killing of Aruri has raised concerns that the situation may escalate.

Since the Beirut attack, the group has carried out about 670 operations targeting 48 Israeli border points and 11 rear areas, Nasrallah said.

Nearly three months of cross-border fires have killed 175 people in Lebanon, including 129 Hezbollah fighters, as well as more than 20 civilians, including three journalists, according to an AFP tally.

Nine soldiers and at least four civilians were killed in northern Israel, Israeli authorities said.

Source: guardian.ng

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