Hezbollah will continue to target Israeli drones violating Lebanon’s airspace in order to deter Tel Aviv, the group’s Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem said during an interview with the al-Nour Radio on February 5.
Qassem was answering a question about a recent incident, in which an Israeli drone flying over southern Lebanon was targeted with an anti-aircraft missile. The incident took place on February 3. Qassem’s remarks indicate that the missile was launched by Hezbollah.
“This attack [on the drone] comes within the framework of a clear equation, and it is a part of deterrence with the Israeli enemy,” Qassem said.
The leader went on to stress that Hezbollah will maintain the current rules of engagement in Lebanon in order to keep Israel deterred.
“The Zionist enemy is in a permanent state of aggression, and we must remain present in the arena as a resistance that prevents Israel from achieving its goals and protects the land and the independence,” said Qassem. “Hezbollah has affirmed that any Israeli aggression against Lebanon gives the legitimate right to respond.”
The February 3 incident was not the first instance in which Hezbollah opened fire at Israeli drones flying over Lebanon. On October 31 of 2019, a similar incident took place.
More than a year ago, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed to shot down Israeli drones over Lebanon. Qassem’s remarks indicate that the group intends keep this promise.
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