War in Gaza: “No place will be spared by our missiles”… Why Hezbollah openly threatens the island of Cyprus

War in Gaza: “No place will be spared by our missiles”… Why Hezbollah openly threatens the island of Cyprus
War in Gaza: “No place will be spared by our missiles”… Why Hezbollah openly threatens the island of Cyprus

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This Wednesday, June 19, the leader of Hezbollah attacked Cyprus, which he accused of supporting Israel. This is the first time that the island has been threatened by the organization.

Towards an extension of the conflict in Gaza onto European soil? The leader of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah threatened Cyprus this Wednesday, June 19, in a televised speech for the first time. The island, which is part of the European Union, is the European state closest geographically to the coasts of the Middle East.

In his speech, the leader notably claimed to “have information” according to which Israel could use “Cypriot airports and bases” if the Jewish state were to be attacked.

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And the latter added: “opening Cypriot airports and bases to the Israeli enemy to target Lebanon would mean that the Cypriot government is a party to the war.” As a reminder, Cyprus is located some 300 km from Israel and around 200 km from Lebanon, and maintains good relations with these two countries.

“Cyprus is not involved in any way in this war”

“I have read the comments (by the leader of Hezbollah, Editor’s note) and I would like to say that the Republic of Cyprus is not involved in any way in this war,” Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides retorted in a statement.

“Cyprus is “part of the solution, not the problem,” he insisted, arguing that his country played a role, “recognized by the Arab world and the entire international community” in the deployment of a maritime corridor to transport humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The war in Gaza has led to violence on the Israeli-Lebanese border, between Hezbollah, an ally of the Palestinian Islamist movement, and the Israeli army, which has intensified in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, the Israeli army announced that “operational plans for an offensive in Lebanon” had been “validated” and the head of diplomacy Israel Katz affirmed that “in a total war, Hezbollah will be destroyed and Lebanon will be hit hard.”

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“The (Israeli) enemy knows perfectly well that we have prepared for the worst (..) He knows that no place (..) will be spared by our missiles” in the event of an attack on Lebanon, launched Hassan Nasrallah , whose movement armed and financed by Iran exercises a preponderant influence in Lebanon.

In the event of war, Israel should “wait for us by land, by sea and by air”, said the leader of Hezbollah, a movement considered terrorist by the United States and the United Kingdom.

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