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Untrustworthy US betrays own allies: Nasrallah

“No one can rely on (the United States of) America and an agreement struck with it because of the latter’s disloyalty and treachery,” Seyed Hassan Nasrallah said in an address to his supporters in a televised speech at Sayed al-Shuhadaa Complex in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday evening.

Nasrallah then pointed to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from northeastern Syria, saying, “America broke faith with Kurds at once, and abandoned them. Such a fate awaits anyone who trusts Washington.”

“Americans can’t be trusted at all since they break promise with anyone who depends on them, and left them alone,” the Hezbollah chief said, Press TV reported.

The unexpected announcement by President Trump that he would draw down the US military presence in Syria to make way for Turkish troops was greeted by the Kurds as a betrayal of the trust established during the fight, which has cost the lives of more than 12,000 members of the SDF.

For the Kurds, the decision to permit Turkey to invade marked the latest in a long history of betrayals of Kurdish aspirations by the US.

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Iran plays central role in major resistance camp against US, Israel: Hezbollah chief

The head of Lebanon’s resistance movement hails Iran as “the center” of a “major camp” against the US and Israel headed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, saying the resistance front is now in the middle of a campaign against the two enemies.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a speech on Monday, the eve of Ashura, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Nasrallah emphasized that Hezbollah and its allies, including Iran, were in “the midst of a major campaign,” which has seen Washington and Tel Aviv attempting to impose a siege on the resistance front, the website of the Lebanese al-Manar TV cited him as saying.

The head of Lebanon’s resistance movement hails Iran as “the center” of a “major camp” against the US and Israel headed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, saying the resistance front is now in the middle of a campaign against the two enemies.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a speech on Monday, the eve of Ashura, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Nasrallah emphasized that Hezbollah and its allies, including Iran, were in “the midst of a major campaign,” which has seen Washington and Tel Aviv attempting to impose a siege on the resistance front, the website of the Lebanese al-Manar TV cited him as saying.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/09/10/605791/Iran-Ayatollah-Khamenei-Hezbollah-Hassan-Nasrallah

Former Hezbollah official found dead in Beirut flat

A former official in the powerful Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah was found dead in his flat in a Beirut neighbourhood, the state-run Lebanese news agency said on Sunday, Reuters reports.

Security forces immediately opened an investigation and were awaiting the arrival of a forensic doctor to determine the cause of death, National News Agency said, giving only the initials of the man.

A Hezbollah official who requested anonymity confirmed the death of Ali Hatoum and told Reuters an investigation was underway but that it did not appear to be security-related.

The news agency gave no other information nor what position the deceased had held in the group.

Hezbollah and the Israeli army exchanged cross-border fire last Sunday after a drone attack in a Hezbollah-controlled Beirut suburb in the fiercest shelling exchange between the two adversaries since the 2006 Lebanon war.

Hezbollah had blamed Israel for the drone attack and its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned that it could be a precursor to assassination attacks by Israel.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190909-former-hezbollah-official-found-dead-in-beirut-flat/

Israel accuses Hezbollah of planning advanced missile factory in Lebanon

Israel accused Hezbollah on Tuesday of building a facility for producing precision-guided missiles in Lebanon, amidst tensions between Israel and the Shiite armed group.

The Israeli military released a statement saying a site that Iran and Hezbollah had built a few years ago in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley, near the town of al-Nabi Sheeth, is being upgraded these days into a facility for converting and manufacturing precision-guided missiles.

The military also released satellite photos of the alleged site, charging that activities to facilitate the manufacture of the advanced missiles have been identified lately, “including the establishment of a dedicated assembly line for precision weapons and the transfer of sensitive and dedicated equipment.”

The facility holds machines to manufacture the motors and the warheads of missiles with an accuracy of fewer than 10 meters, according to the statement.

The military said that Iran supports the Hezbollah efforts with supplying special machines and knowledge.

Recently, fearing Israel will strike the site, Hezbollah has moved some precious equipment from the compound to civilian sites in Beirut, the army said.

Hezbollah, an Iran-backed group and movement, has previously denied having manufacturing facilities for precision-guided missiles.

The statement came two days after a brief and intensive fire exchange between Israel and Hezbollah broke out in the wake of Israeli drones attack in the Shiite quarter of Beirut.

Precision-guided missiles have a navigation system that enables them to hit targets with an accuracy less than a few meters. Most of Hezbollah’s arsenal consists of “statistic” inaccurate rockets of various ranges, according to Israel.

Israel and Hezbollah, which fought a bloody war in 2006, were on high alert over the past days in the wake of a series of Israeli airstrikes and in Syria and Lebanon.

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Israeli army says uncovers Lebanon’s Hezbollah missile site

The Israeli army said on Tuesday it had exposed a Hezbollah site dedicated to the manufacture of “precision-guided” missiles in Lebanon, just days after a cross-border flare-up between the arch-foes.

“The IDF is exposing a facility belonging to Hezbollah… designed to convert and manufacture precision-guided missiles,” the Israeli army said in a statement.

It released what it said was an aerial photograph of the site in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, near the town of Nabi Chit.

The statement comes after the Iran-backed Shiite movement said Sunday its fighters had fired anti-tank missiles into Israel, destroying a military vehicle and killing or wounding those inside.

Israel’s army said it had responded with around 100 artillery shells after Hezbollah targeted a battalion headquarters and military ambulance, hitting both.

Israeli officials refuted claims of casualties.

Israel’s army said last week that Iran was collaborating with Hezbollah to convert “stupid rockets into precision-guided missiles,” through a plan to smuggle the required components into Lebanon.

The facility near Nabi Chit was established a few years ago by the Lebanese Shiite movement and its ally Tehran, the Israeli army said on Tuesday.

“Lately, various activities to facilitate the manufacture and conversion of precision-guided missiles at the facility have been identified,” it added.

Such activities included “the establishment of a dedicated assembly line for precision weapons and the transfer of sensitive and dedicated equipment.”

The facility hosted machines designed to manufacture the motors and warheads of missiles “with an accuracy of less than 10 meters,” with Iran supplying special machines and instruction for manufacturing crews, the Israeli army said.

It further alleged that Hezbollah had “in fear of strikes, evacuated precious and unique equipment from the compound to civilian locations in Beirut.”

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Monday said his organization would respond to any further Israeli attacks with strikes “deep inside Israel” and not just along the border.

For his part, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a cabinet meeting that he was determined to guarantee Israel’s security.

Israel must “prevent Iran from supplying our enemies and its proxies, such as Hezbollah and others, with precision weapons that endanger us,” he said.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2019/09/04/Israeli-army-says-uncovers-Lebanon-s-Hezbollah-missile-site-.html

Hezbollah chief says ‘no more red lines’ against Israel

Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader said on Monday that while a flare-up with Israel at the border had ended, the episode had launched a “new phase” in which the Iran-backed movement no longer has red lines.

In a televised speech, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the new focus, now in the hands of fighters in the field, would be on targeting Israeli drones entering Lebanon’s skies.

He said Hezbollah’s Sunday attack had sent Israel a message that “if you attack, then all your border, your forces and your settlements” will be at risk.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2019/09/03/Erdogan-s-AKP-to-expel-ex-premier-from-party-Report.html

In northern Israel, local leaders demand action on stalled security plan

Local leaders in northern Israel met Monday near the site of a Hezbollah missile strike on an IDF base a day before, demanding the government implement a stalled program to bolster fortifications for communities close to the border with Lebanon. 

The plan, which is estimated to cost NIS 5 billion, was presented a year and a half ago but frozen soon after.

According to the head of the forum of local leaders, Moshe Davidovich, tens of thousands of Israelis have no way to protect themselves in the event of an attack other than lying down on the ground and sheltering themselves with their hands.

The tensions in the north reached a peak on Sunday when Hezbollah fired several anti-tank missiles towards an IDF base in the area of Moshav Avivim.

According to the head of the forum of local leaders, Moshe Davidovich, tens of thousands of Israelis have no way to protect themselves in the event of an attack other than lying down on the ground and sheltering themselves with their hands.

The tensions in the north reached a peak on Sunday when Hezbollah fired several anti-tank missiles towards an IDF base in the area of Moshav Avivim.

There were no Israeli casualties, but civilians living 4 kilometers or less from the border were instructed to seek shelter and remain indoors for several hours before they were told it was safe to return to normal.

Amit Sofer, the head of Marom Hagalil Regional Council and host of the meeting, said Sunday’s events were a reminder of the importance of increasing preparedness in the area.

“We need to remember that the events yesterday were on the military front. If it had been the civilian front, we all know what would have happened,” he said.

“The plan that was formulated is a life-saver and we should implement it immediately,” he said.

Davidovich, who is head of Mateh Asher Regional Council, said that Hezbollah was capable of causing widespread damage, and urged the govenment to take action.  

“We need to make decisions now,” he said, “as the government’s ineptitude in fortifying the north is apparent. The people are living with no adequate shelter, Hezbollah has the tools it needs to cause a lot of destruction and casualties in the area.

“We are committed to the protection of our people and call for the government to get itself together,” he said.

Meanwhile, Giora Zeltz, the head of the Upper Galilee Regional Council, also warned of an impending disaster.

“There’s a real dissonance between the government’s claims and its actions,” he said. “According to the government, more than 100,000  missiles are expected to land from Rosh Hanikra (in the west) all the way to Mount Hermon (on the Golan Heights). Think about the day when those missiles fall on populated areas.”

He added: “More than 50% of the people in these areas don’t have shelters, and when a major event happens there will be hundreds of thousands with no shelter to protect them. We’re talking about a very large area with zero response time. We need to fortify all the public and educational buildings by the end of 2020. With all the stupidity floating around, nothing is happening.”

Oded Forer of Israel Beytenu told Ynet on Monday that the fortification plan was neglected without his party leader Avigdor Liberman at the Defense Ministry, and that the blame for inaction should be placed on the Netanyahu-led government.

“Liberman transferred NIS 5 billion to the government while he was minister of defense, and the plan was abandoned the day he left the ministry,” Forer said. “it needs to be said that fortifying the north is very low on the government’s agenda, in contrast to what is actually needed and funded.

“The responsibility is in the hands of the prime minister first and foremost. Apparently, the north is less important than other areas.”

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5580240,00.html

Hezbollah-linked al-Manar TV airs footage of attack on Israeli positions

The Arabic-language al-Manar satellite television station affiliated with the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has aired new footage of a recent attack on Israeli positions in the occupied territories.

The video footage starts with a description of Avivim settlement in northern Israel, and the nearby military base that Israeli troops had abandoned prior to the assault.

It further notes that the Avivim military base includes command centers, and that around 100 officers and soldiers are stationed at the facility under usual circumstances, who are responsible for various military tasks, including intelligence and maintenance.

The video then shows two empty personnel carriers, which the Israeli military had parked in the vicinity of the base in an attempt to deceive Hezbollah members, and how resistance fighters avoid civilian vehicles passing before the main target shows up.

Hezbollah fighters then fired two missiles at the Israeli military vehicle, sending it up in flames and apparently fully destroying it.

Hezbollah’s attack came in response to an Israeli air raid last week that killed two of its fighters in Syria, as well as an Israeli drone attack on southern Beirut.

According to the Lebanese resistance movement, the missiles launched from Lebanon destroyed an armored personnel carrier in Avivim, killing or wounding those inside it. The Israeli military, however, alleged the attack did not lead to any casualties while adding that it had fired 100 shells into Lebanon in return.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Sunday called upon the international community to “intervene” to prevent the situation from escalating into a full-fledged war, his office said.

Hariri asked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and French President Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy adviser, Emmanuel Bonne, to help put an end to conflicts on the southern borders between Lebanon and Israel.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday evening that the resistance movement was determined to give a response to Israel over its recent drone incursion into Lebanon.

“The need for a response is decided,” he said during a televised speech ahead of the Islamic lunar calendar month of Muharram – the 10th day of which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam and Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.

The Hezbollah chief added that the response was about “establishing the rules of engagement and… the logic of protection for the country. Israel must pay a price.”’

On August 26, Hezbollah said Israel had sent two drones into Lebanon on a bombing mission the previous weekend.

According to the resistance movement, the first drone had fallen on a building housing Hezbollah’s media office in the suburb of Dahieh. The second drone, which appeared to have been sent by Israel to search for the first one, had crashed in an empty plot nearby after being detonated in the air, it added.

Following the drone raids, Nasrallah vowed in a televised speech that fighters of the resistance movement would counter any further violation of the Lebanese airspace by Israeli drones.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/09/02/605160/Hezbollahlinked-alManar-TV-airs-footage-of-attack-on-Israeli-positions

Hezbollah responds to Israeli aggression as promised

As Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah promised last week, the resistance movement attacked an Israeli personnel carrier traveling near the illegal settlement of Avivim on Sunday.

The statement by the resistance movement confirmed the killing and wounding of a number of soldiers.

The strike by the Lebanese resistance movement is the first of its kind against Israel since the 2006 war.

Israel reacted by shelling fields and farms near the Lebanese villages of Maroun al-Ras, Yaroun and Aitaroun before announcing halting military activities. 

The attack by Hezbollah was in response to an Israeli strike south of the Syrian capital Damascus that killed two of the resistance members. Right now Israeli settlers are anxiously waiting for another Hezbollah promise of reprisal following an Israeli drone attack against the Lebanese capital Beirut on the 25th of August.

With Israel announcing the cessation of exchange of fire, it seems they are not willing to escalate tensions any further despite their earlier warnings of a devastating war. Hezbollah’s response to the Israeli aggression appears to have been a timely and calculated one.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/09/02/605104/Hezbollah-Israeli-Vehicle

UAE criticizes Hezbollah following attack on Israel

The United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, appeared to criticize the Hezbollah terrorist organization on Sunday.

Gargash, in a post on Twitter after Hezbollah terrorists fired multiple anti-tank missiles at Israeli positions and vehicles in northern Israel, wrote that “our hearts are with Lebanon and the Lebanese”.

“The decision to make war, peace or stability should be the decision of the state,” he added in what appeared to be a jab at Hezbollah.

Gargash has several times in the past appeared to side with Israel and criticize Iran, of which Hezbollah is a proxy in Lebanon.

Last November, he said that Iran’s “aggressive policies” were “largely responsible” for the reimposition of US sanctions on Tehran in the wake of the US leaving the 2015 nuclear deal.

In January, Gargash criticized Iran’s presence in Syria, saying in a television interview it must be reduced.

As for Israel, a new Israeli diplomatic mission was opened in Abu Dhabi in 2015, but the UAE stressed that the move does not represent a change in policy regarding UAE-Israeli relations.

Nevertheless, Israeli officials have visited Abu Dhabi several times in the past year.

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