Hezbollah Chief Threatens to Target Tel Aviv

Washington, Oct. 21- The Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah will aim its vast arsenal of rockets and missiles directly at Israel’s largest city of Tel Aviv where they can cause maximum civilian casualties and damage rather than at northern Israel in the next conflict, the group’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has said.

"The war would be waged without any red lines, he said. “[Hezbollah] has many surprises that will change the face of the region,” Nasrallah was quoted as saying during a meeting with Hezbollah members as reported by the Lebanese newspaperAl-Akbar Friday.

“If Israel decided to wage a war against Lebanon, we will not only break the Israeli soldiers’ bones, we will smash them,” he said.

Hezbollah is a Shiite Muslim militant group that dominates Lebanese politics and receives vast amount of aid from Syria and Iran. It has more than 40,000 missiles hidden in Southern Lebanese civilian towns ready to be fired at Israel.

It is not clear what prompted Nasrallah’s comments now. The Israeli-Lebanon border has been mostly quiet in recent times. But Hezbollah’s ally and patron, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is under growing pressure from a pro-democracy movement that he has failed to crush, despite deploying all his military might against the mostly unarmed civilians. Over 3,000 people are estimated to have died in the conflict.

Nasrallah, as well as Assad, no doubt reacted with alarm to the bloody end of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday.

The United States, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Egypt, Israel, Australia, and Canada classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

In 2006, Israel and Hezbollah fought a one-month war in which Hezbollah bombarded northern Israel, including the populous city of Haifa, with between 3,970 and 4,228 rockets at a rate of more than 100 per day.

Nasrallah also downplayed recent reports that Israeli spies had infiltrated Hezbollah, saying that the group would conduct an internal investigation. In September, Hezbollah detained four of its own members on charges of spying for Israel while a fifth fled.

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