Hezbollah Official Says His Group ‘In The Heart’ Of Israel-Hamas War

BEIRUT, LEBANON — A top official with Hezbollah vowed that Israel would pay a high price when it starts its expected ground offensive in the Gaza Strip and said Saturday that his militant group based in Lebanon is “in the heart of the battle.”

The comments by Hezbollah’s deputy leader, Sheikh Naim Kassem, came as Israel shelled and made drone strikes in southern Lebanon and Hezbollah fired rockets and missiles toward Israel.

For Hezbollah, heating up the Lebanon-Israel border has a clear purpose, Kassem said: “We are trying to weaken the Israeli enemy and let them know that we are ready.” Hamas officials have said that if Israel starts a ground offensive in Gaza, Hezbollah will join the fighting.

Exchanges of fire along the Lebanon-Israel border have picked up in the two weeks since the attack by the Palestinian militant group Hamas that killed more than 1,400 civilians and soldiers in southern Israel. Retaliatory Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have killed more than 4,300 Palestinians, according to the Gaza Health Ministry on Saturday.


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