The political leader of Iran-backed Hezbollah warned “all scenarios are open” including a wider conflict in the Middle East, as tensions at the Israeli northern border continue to grow.
The secretary-general of Hamas-supporting Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, warned in an incendiary speech coinciding with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s latest visit to Israel that Washington would “pay a price” for the “crimes committed” by the Tel Aviv government unless he stopped the ongoing war in the Middle East.
Israel, which has been launching retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza since Hamas carried out a terror attack on October 7, has refused a ceasefire and hasn’t yet committed to humanitarian pauses to allow delivery of aid to the Strip.
Nasrallah added: “To the Americans directing your threats at us in Lebanon, your naval fleets cannot and will not cause us to fear. We have prepared for them with whatever it takes.
“Israel your servant, you the Americans, are capable of ending the aggression on Gaza because it is you that started it. If you wish to steer away from a regional war you must hurriedly act to end the war on Gaza.”
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IDF ‘killed dozens of terrorists’ over past 24 hours
In an update of its operation on the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said over the past day it had “killed terrorists, located Hamas weapons, and uncovered tunnel shafts that were used for terror purposes”.
The update added: “During combat with terrorists [on November 3], IDF troops engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip, killing several of them, and directed tank fire to destroy three Hamas observation posts.
“Also overnight, in a targeted raid in the southern Gaza Strip, IDF armoured and engineering corps operated to map out buildings and neutralise explosive devices. During the operation, the troops encountered a terrorist cell exiting a tunnel shaft. In response, the troops fired shells toward the terrorists and killed them.”
Israel launches missile at Gaza home of Hamas chief
An Israeli drone fired a missile at the Gaza house of Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh.
Haniyeh, the current chairman of Hamas’s political, has been residing outside of the Strip since 2019.
It is currently unclear whether anyone else was in the building when the rocket hit it.
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