With new “rockets” against Israel, the deputy head of Hezbollah, Sheikh Naim Kassem, returns, declaring that the risk of a regional conflict exists. He admitted that Iran “supports and finances” Hezbollah, but claimed that he did not give the orders for the attack.
Speaking to the BBC, Hezbollah’s deputy leader, Sheikh Naim Kassem, warned of a general war in the Middle East, citing Israel’s killing of civilians in Gaza.
“Very serious and very dangerous developments could happen in the region and no one will be able to stop the effects,” he said.
“The danger is real,” he continued, “because Israel is increasing its aggression against civilians and killing more women and children. Is it possible for this to continue and increase, without bringing real danger to the region? I think not.”
“Every possibility has a response,” he said. “Hezbollah has a lot of potential,” he added.
Sheikh Kassem claimed that Israel “launched the attack on Gaza in a horrible way”. When the BBC pointed out that it was Hamas that attacked Israel on October 7, it defended the attacks as an inevitable response to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. He repeated the baseless claim that Israeli forces, not Hamas, killed many Israeli civilians.
He deflected the question. “Why don’t we look at what Israel has done inside Gaza,” he said. “They are killing civilians and demolishing houses.” He called the Hamas attacks “a great result for the Palestinian resistance” and denied they had failed. What did he say about the 10,000 residents who have since been killed? “The massacres committed by Israel are mobilizing the Palestinians more and more to cling to their land,” he replied.