Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah threatened Monday to hit “deep inside” Israel, a day after an exchange of fire on the Lebanese-Israeli border sparked fears of a wider conflict between the arch-foes.
Sunday’s escalation was brief and followed a week of rising tensions, including what the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite movement described as an Israeli drone strike on its Beirut stronghold.
Israel has not acknowledged that attack but accused Hezbollah and Tehran of colluding to produce precision-guided missiles on Lebanese soil.
Nasrallah on Monday said there were “no more red lines” in Hezbollah’s confrontation with Israel.
He said Hezbollah would respond to further Israeli attacks with strikes “deep inside Israel” and not just along the border.
“If you attack us, your borders, soldiers, and settlements — including those on the border and those deep inside (Israel) — will be threatened and targeted,” he said.
“If there is any aggression against Lebanon, there will be no such thing as international borders.” He spoke after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country was “prepared for any scenario”.
“We shall continue to do everything necessary to preserve Israel’s security, at sea, on land, and in the air, and we will continue to act against the threat of precision missiles,” Netanyahu said on Monday.