Nasrallah says Hezbollah rockets can hit anywhere in Israel

DUBAI - Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah boasted Sunday that the Shiite movement has the military capacity to strike any area of Israel, in an interview aired by Al-Jazeera television channel.

"Tel Aviv or other than Tel Aviv. Every corner and every spot in occupied Palestine was certainly within the reach" of Hezbollah rockets during last summer's war with Israel, he said.

"And even now, it can certainly be reached," he added, in a short excerpt of the interview to be broadcast in its entirety on Monday by the Doha-based new channel.

Hezbollah fired some 4,000 rockets into the Jewish state during Israel's devastating 34-day offensive last summer sparked by Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers.

The Shiite group's missiles managed to reach Israel's third largest city of Haifa.

The conflict led to the reinforcement of the United Nations Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the deployment of the Lebanese army in the border zone, but Hezbollah was not disarmed.

The war killed more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and more than 160 in Israel, mostly soldiers, and shattered much of Lebanon's infrastructure.

07/22/2007 19:54 GMT

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