Hezbollah says has right to possess air-defence weapon

Nasrallah spoke via a video link to a rally commemorating last year's assassination of Hezbollah's top military commander, Imad Mughniyeh.

Hezbollah says has right to possess air-defence weapon

Hezbollah has the right to possess air-defence weapons to face Israeli warplanes that violate Lebanese air space on a daily basis, the leader of the group said on Monday.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, however, refused to confirm or deny persistent Israeli reports that Hezbollah may have acquired anti-aircraft missiles.

"Every few days there is (an Israeli media) report that the resistance has obtained advanced air-defence weapons, of course I don't deny or confirm this," Nasrallah told a rally to commemorate the first anniversary of the assassination of the group's military commander Imad Moughniyeh.

"What I want to confirm today is that we have every right to obtain any weapon, including air-defence weapons, and we have every right to use this weapon," he said.

Nasrallah spoke via a video link to a rally commemorating last year's assassination of Hezbollah's top military commander, Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed by a car bomb in Syria. Hezbollah blames Israel, which has denied involvement.

Nasrallah said obtaining such a system would tip the balance in any conflict with Israel because the Jewish state relies heavily on air supremacy in its military planning.

Nasrallah has been more open about his group's military capabilities since the 2006 Israeli war.

Israel has conducted daily overflights of Lebanon in breach of the U.N. resolution.

"This promise will be fulfilled, God willing...," he said, adding that he would say no more on the matter.

Reuters

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