Hezbollah leader warns to beat back any Israeli attack

By Xinhua

Beirut : Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned on Saturday that his group will beat back any attack from Israel.

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Any violations from Israel to the Lebanese territories or the civilians in the south will not pass without any actions from our side, Nasrallah told a rally to mark a major Shiite religious festival of Ashura in southern Beirut.

It’s the first time for the Shiite militant group Hezbollah’ leader to appear before the public since his last show-up at a “victory rally” marking the end of a war between Hezbollah and Israel in September 2006.

The footage of pan-Arab satellite TV al-Jazeera showed that Nasrallah, closely surrounded by bodyguards, walked into the rally of tens of thousands Shiites, who are gathering in southern suburbs of Beirut to observe the Ashura, marking the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.

Nasrallah went into hiding after last appearance for fear of a possible Israeli assassination.

This year’s Ashura came as the country stuck in a serious political crisis over the presidency, which has been vacant since the former president Emile Lahoud ended his term on Nov. 24.

The sharply divided Lebanese parliament has delayed elections of a new president for 12 times without a consensus.