Nasrallah escalates threats after US message: Hezbollah missile plants known and exposed by Israel
Hezbollah terror group leader Hassan Nasrallah escalated his threats in his latest speech after Lebanese officials relayed to him a U.S. message that “the precision missile bases that were transferred from Syria to Lebanon have become known and exposed by the Israelis,” a Lebanese official source says.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield is the one who conveyed the information, including pictures and maps, to Lebanese officials in his latest visit to Beirut last week coming from Israel, as part of the mediation mission that Washington has agreed to conduct in order to secure an agreement on the demarcation of land and maritime borders between Lebanon and Israel under the U.N.’s sponsorship, a source told the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper.
“Satterfield and another U.S. official showed President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Army Commander General Joseph Aoun pictures and maps of what he said are the location of these missiles,” the source added.
The source said Satterfield warned Lebanese officials that Washington “cannot but take the photographed and specific information into consideration” and that “it might not manage to rein in the Israeli side if it decides to carry out a certain response against these missiles.”
Nasrallah said on Friday that his Iranian-backed Shi’ite terror group has enough precision missiles to hit all targets it has marked throughout the State of Israel.
In a televised speech from the safety of his underground bunker where he has been hiding from Israel since 2006, the terror group leader said that the missiles could “change the face of the region”.
Nasrallah acknowledged his terror group has the weapons but denied it produces them. “So far in Lebanon, there are no factories for precision missiles,” he said.
He threatened for the first time, however, that Hezbollah could consider setting up such factories if Washington continues to use the talks on border demarcation to discuss his terror group’s capabilities.