Hezbollah has doubled precision-guided missile arsenal, leader Hassan Nasrallah says

Hezbollah's missile arsenal is becoming increasingly accurate – a red line for Israel

** FILE ** Hezbollah supporters fix the party's flag on top of their rocket models in Bourj Qalawi near the southern port city of Tyre, Lebanon in this Tuesday, July 10, 2007, file photo. When 30,000 U.N. troops and Lebanese army soldiers were deployed across southern Lebanon at the end of last year's Israel-Hezbollah war, Hezbollah's presence shrank in the villages and hills facing the Israeli border and its influence seemed likely to diminish as well. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari, File)

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Sunday his group now has twice as many precision-guided missiles as it had a year ago, saying Israel's efforts to prevent it from acquiring them has failed.

Hassan Nasrallah, in an end-of-year interview with the Beirut-based Arabic Al Mayadeen TV, said his group has the capability to strike anywhere in Israel and occupied Palestinian territories.

Mr Nasrallah said when Israel threatened through a US official to target a Hezbollah facility in the eastern Bekaa region, his group warned it would retaliate to any such attack.

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Revenge is coming no matter how long it takes

Israel has in recent months expressed concern that Hezbollah is trying to establish production facilities to make precision guided missiles.

During the four-hour interview, Nasrallah said there are many matters related to his group that Israel has no knowledge of because those are kept in a “very tight circle”.

Mr Nasrallah also said that the last few weeks of the administration of US President Donald Trump are critical and must be treated with care. He called Mr Trump “angry” and “crazy.”

Hezbollah is one of Iran’s main allies in the region and is a sworn enemy of Israel, with which it has had a series of confrontations, lastly in 2006.

Mr Nasrallah repeated vows that Iran and its allies will avenge the US killing of the commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, in a drone attack a year ago in Iraq.

“That revenge is coming no matter how long it takes,” he told Al Mayadeen TV, sitting with a picture of Suleimani to his left.

Mr Nasrallah also vowed to avenge Israel's killing of a Hezbollah fighter in Syria earlier this year.

Addressing the incoming US administration of president-elect Joe Biden, Nasrallah said Iran would not negotiate with the US on behalf of its allies or discuss conflicts in the region. He said Tehran would talk with Washington only about the Iranian nuclear deal.

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