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Hezbollah’s Deputy Secretary General Vows Crushing Response to Israeli Reconnaissance

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Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem. Photo: Screenshot / Fars.

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem. Photo: Screenshot / Fars.

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem threatened retaliation against Israel for recent alleged actions, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday.

Fars said Sheikh Qassem was referring to reports of recent jet and drone reconnaissance flights over Lebanon.

“We will pursue the issue of Israel’s continued aggressions, including reconnaissance flights and land aggressions, through international law and the UN Security Council, laws of big countries and all those who claim that Israel is neither an occupier nor an aggressor,” Sheikh Qassem told Fars.

“We will stand up to Israel’s aggressions with preparedness,” he said. “God willingly, we will maintain our preparedness and Israel will be driven back.”

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