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Hizbullah Threatens to Sink Israel-Bound Ships

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah threatened Tuesday to sink any vessel sailing into Israeli waters in any future war.
By Hana Levi Julian
First Publish: 5/26/2010, 8:49 AM / Last Update: 5/26/2010, 8:54 AM

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Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah threatened Tuesday that his guerrilla army would sink all vessels sailing into Israel's waters in any future war.

“If you [Israel] put our coasts under siege... I say all military, civilian and commercial ships heading to Palestine's coasts on the Mediterranean will be under the fire of the Islamic resistance fighters,” the terrorist leader said. “Ships heading to Israel [will be bombed], but we will we will allow ships to pass that are carrying civilians and are leaving the Palestinian ports."

Nasrallah's speech, marking the 10th anniversary of Israel's pullout from southern Lebanon, was broadcast live via video link from his hiding place. The Hizbullah chief has rarely been seen in public since the 2006 Second Lebanon War, fearing assassination by Israel.

Thousands of supporters gathered in Shi'ite neighborhoods in Beirut to listen to the speech, delivered on "Resistance and Liberation Day," and cheered him on.

“As for those ships which will go to any port on the Palestinian coast from north to the south, we are capable of hitting it and are determined to go into this,” Nasrallah continued, “if they besiege our coasts. When the world will witness how these ships will be destroyed in Palestine's regional water, no one will dare to go there, just as they will block [others] from coming to our coasts.”

The terrorist leader also commented on Israel's annual nationwide military drill, which began on Sunday and is scheduled to run for five days.

Dubbed “Turning Point 4,” government officials have said this year's drill is the most intensive in the history of the state, testing the readiness of all levels of government and inter-agency cooperation during emergencies and times of war.

“Through all these drills, [Israel] wants to reassure its people and tell them that they are strong and ready to confront any possible war. They are also fooling them,” Nasrallah said. “Carry out your drills, but when the rockets shower the occupied territories, let us see how the drills benefited you.”