Hezbollah on Rocket Attack: ‘We Don’t Condemn Actions Taken Against Israel’
Hezbollah MP Hassan Fadlallah claimed on Friday that his organization was not behind Thursday’s rocket attack on Israel, but would not condemn the attack either, asserting that military action against Israel is justified, Israel’s Channel 10 reported, citing a Lebanese television interview with the Hezbollah MP.
Fadlallah also denied that Hezbollah played any part in the alleged chemical attack in Syria on Wednesday which is reported to have killed up to 1,300 people, in the suburbs of Damascus, but was careful not to directly fault Bashar al-Assad, the embattled president of Syria, who is supported by Hezbollah in the country’s civil war. “We condemn any use of chemical weapons against civilians, even if it is done by the government,” Fadlallah said, adding that he would wait for the completion of the investigation into the charges filed by the Syrian opposition before coming to any conclusion.
After visiting the site of Thursday’s rocket attack Friday and reviewing the damage caused, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told Channel 10: “We were dismayed to see the shooting yesterday at Israel, and we will not allow any organization to disrupt the lives of our citizens. Israel considers the Lebanese government responsible for what happens in the field, and will not ignore any shooting or provocation towards her.”
Separately, Channel 10 cited a Lebanese Army spokesman who was interviewed by Hezbollah affiliated al-Manar TV, as saying that an overnight strike by the Israeli Air Force conducted in response to the rocket attack against Israel, left a five-meter diameter crater in the ground and appeared to have targeted the general headquarters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group, run by Ahmed Jibril. Jibril was cited as warning that he “will seek revenge at the appropriate time and place.”
The Israeli military said its target was “a terror site located between Beirut and Sidon” that it chose to strike in retaliation for Thursday’s rocket attack, which caused some damage, but no injuries.
Responding to the attack Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Anyone who tries to harm us should know we will harm them back.”