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    Hezbollah: Rockets can reach all Israel By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press Writer http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070724/ap_on_re_mi_ea/lebanon_hezbollah BEIRUT,
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      Hezbollah: Rockets can reach all Israel
      By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press Writer

      BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Monday
      his group possesses an arsenal of rockets that can reach all of
      Israel, including Tel Aviv.

      "We could absolutely reach any corner and any point in occupied
      Palestine," Nasrallah said in an interview aired by Arab broadcaster
      Al-Jazeera and Hezbollah's Al-Manar television.

      Celebratory gunshots and fireworks erupted in Beirut's southern
      suburbs for several minutes as the interview began and after it ended.

      Nasrallah said last year's war between Israel and Hezbollah did not
      succeed in diminishing his group's military capabilities. Repeating
      earlier claims, the Hezbollah leader said his group could already have
      fired at Tel Aviv last summer during the conflict, but had avoided
      doing so.

      "In July and August 2006, there wasn't a place in occupied Palestine
      that the rockets of the resistance could not reach, be it Tel Aviv or
      other cities," he said, describing Israel and the Hezbollah guerrillas
      in terms usually used by the group.

      "We could absolutely do that now," he added.

      In Israel, senior military officials said that Hezbollah is not
      capable of striking all parts of Israel, but its missiles can reach
      the northern Tel Aviv area, which is about 60 miles south of the
      border with Lebanon.

      Although Hezbollah has succeeded in restoring much of its arsenal
      since the end of the war last year, it does not have the same military
      might that it had at the start of the fighting, the officials said on
      condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to talk to the

      Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said Hezbollah's
      rearmament "is a direct and grave violation of U.N. Security Council
      resolution 1701," which ended last year's war.

      "The international community must hold accountable those governments,
      namely Syria and Iran, who by supplying weapons to Hezbollah are
      deliberately trying to undermine the United Nations, the Lebanese
      government and peace and stability in the region," he said.

      Nasrallah has previously said his group increased its stock of
      missiles since the war ended, despite attempts to keep arms from being
      smuggled into southern Lebanon.

      In a speech in October, he said the guerrillas had 33,000 rockets — up
      from the 22,000 he said they had on Sept. 22.

      Hezbollah fired nearly 4,000 rockets at northern Israel during the
      34-day conflict, including several medium-range missiles that for the
      first time hit Israel's third-largest city, Haifa.

      Nasrallah also insisted Monday that Israel had failed to hit any
      important Hezbollah cache during the war.

      Nasrallah warned during the war that he had weapons that could reach
      Tel Aviv. Although the city was never targeted, Hezbollah's targets
      struck deeper inside Israel than ever before, hitting on at least one
      occasion the town of Hadera, 30 miles north of Tel Aviv.

      The war began on July 12, 2006, after Hezbollah fighters crossed into
      Israel, killing three soldiers and seizing two. Israel then invaded
      southern Lebanon and pounded the country with massive bombardments
      that destroyed most roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

      More than 1,000 Lebanese _mostly civilians_ were killed in the
      fighting, while 158 Israelis died, including 119 soldiers.

      Nasrallah refused to say Monday whether the two Israeli soldiers were
      alive or dead.

      Nasrallah, who remains in hiding since last year for fear of an
      Israeli assassination, also denied media reports that he lived in
      Syria or in the Iranian embassy in Beirut during the war.

      Associated Press Writer Laurie Copans in Jerusalem contributed to this



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