Hezbollah confirms sending drone into Israeli airspace (updated with video)

Note occpal: This post will be updated with the transcript of the  speech as soon as available.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah (file photo)

Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah (file photo)
Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah confirms the Lebanese resistance movement has sent a drone deep into the Israeli airspace evading radar systems.

The operation code-named Hussein Ayub saw Hezbollah’s drone fly hundreds of kilometers into the Israeli airspace and getting very close to Dimona nuclear plant without being detected by advanced Israeli and US radars, Nasrallah said during a televised speech late on Thursday.

“This is only part of our capabilities,” he stressed, adding that Israelis have admitted to their security failure despite being provided with the latest technologies by Western powers.

Hezbollah secretary-general stated that Hezbollah’s drones are made in Iran but assembled by the resistance movement.

Hezbollah plans to send more drones over Israel in the future, he added, adding that the operation shows the resistance movement is ready to defend Lebanon.

The resistance leader further dismissed Western accusations of Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syrian unrest, describing the allegation as “sheer lie.”

“Hezbollah has not fought alongside Syrian forces…. It is not true that Hezbollah is going to take some land from Syria,” Nasrallah stated.

Hezbollah’s leader also rejected allegations that Abu Abbas was the movement’s commander in Syria, and condemned insurgents in Syria for threatening Lebanon.

“Threatening Hezbollah is of no use,” he emphasized.


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Sayyed Nasrallah: Islamic Resistance Sent Surveillance Drone South Palestine

Sara Taha Moughnieh | Al Manar | Oct 11, 2012
SayyedHezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah announced Thursday that the surveillance drone, which flew over occupied Palestine reaching the southern part, was sent by the Islamic resistance in Lebanon, pointing out that it is of Iranian manufacturing and was put together by Lebanese experts in the Islamic Resistance.

In a statement broadcast on Al-Manar TV, Sayyed Nasrallah adopted this “special operation”.

“The resistance in Lebanon sent an advanced surveillance drone from the Lebanese lands towards the sea. It drove it for hundreds of kilometers over the sea, then penetrated the enemy’s new measures, entered south Palestine, and flew over several significant locations, before being spotted by the Israeli air force,” he said.

His eminence considered that “downing this aircraft is a normal and expected issue, but the achievement is that it flew hundreds of kilometers in an area full of radars,” and praised the “mujahedeen brothers”, indicating that “they are the ones who devoted their minds and efforts for the sake of defending their people and nation.”

“We leave it for the Israelis to specify the potentials of this intelligence drone, especially that it was able from the first time to fly over the sea, and we all know what is there in the sea, and over the land, and we all know what is there on the land, and we reveal today a part of our apability; yet this does not diminish our level of surprise,” he added.

As he indicated that “this operation reveals our ability to conceal our potentials and reveal them in the appropriate times,” Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed that “it is our natural right to send surveillance drones anytime we want. This trip is not the first, and it will not be the last, and with these aircrafts we could reach many locations.”

He clarified that “we have named this operation after martyr Hussein Ayoub who was from the first establishers of this weaponry in Hezbollah. We want to name this aircraft Ayoub,” adding that “this work and this ability took a long time to be accomplished. This assures that nothing distracts our basic team from the Israeli enemy, no matter what the regional and local challenges are.”

Nabi Sheeth Weapons Warehouse Explosion

Sayyed Nasrallah considered that “in Lebanon the entire field is a fore front, because it is all a target for the enemy. There is no resistance in the world that puts all its power in the border area, as that would be irrational. It is normal for the defense forces to be distributed around the whole field.”

“Those who spoke about Nabi Sheeth explosion don’t have a problems with the weapons storage, but with the existence of a resistance that fights the Israeli enemy and confront its project in the region,” his eminence said, adding that “If we store our weapons in a small number of warehouses, the enemy would be able to spot them, bombard, and destroy them… The Israeli recognizes this point and it is said that it (the Israeli) explains to its people this point while some Lebanese parts are not ready to accept that.”

Sayyed Nasrallah Reiterates that Hezbollah Is not Fighting in Syria

Hezbollah secretary general emphasized that as the resistance was clear since the beginning about its stance from the crisis in Syria, it was also clear that it has not been sending its fighters there.

“Since the beginning of the crisis, some parts in the Syrian opposition started talking about us sending fighters to Syria. This was a lie and still is,” Sayyed Nasrallah stressed wondering: “Where those martyrs who they say have fell in Syria. We escort our martyrs to their graves publicly, and we are not ashamed of that?”

“Nothing could be concealed, and we are not hiding anything, as when a martyr falls, we tell his family the whole truth. Where, when, and how this dear brother was martyred,” he went on saying.

On “martyr Abu Abbas” and several other martyrs who fell on the Lebanese-Syrian borders, Sayyed Nasrallah explained that “There has been around 30 000 Lebanese family residing in Syria since tens of years. These Lebanese live on Syrian lands and have properties there, yet they hold on to their Lebanese nationality, and they vote in Lebanon and join Lebanese parties including Hezbollah.”

“Since the beginning of the events, they decided to take a neutral stance, but the armed groups there attacked them and threw some of them out of their houses. Some of those families were also killed, kidnapped, displaced, and their houses were burned. A part of them chose to leave, but a bigger part decided to stay, buy weapons, and defend themselves. Therefore, this is not related to fighting on the Syrian regime’s side, but to self-defense,” he added.

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah assured that everything said in media about Abu Abbas was not true.

“Everyone in Beqaa knows that he was a military official in Beqaa… and he was killed in that region, which is still getting bombarded until today,” he reassured, stating that “our political stance is clear, and all the pressure against us did not change our beliefs and thoughts. We see that the situation in Syria is dangerous on Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, and the whole region. What we call for is a dialogue, a political solution, and the end of bloodshed. The regime neither needs us nor needs anyone to fight on its side.”

On the Lebanese captives in Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah assured that “fabrications and threats don’t work with us,” and addressed the kidnappers saying: “If you are expecting me to apologize, I will not apologize, and no one accepts that I do. What you are doing is a shame for you. Leave us out of this battle. Don’t threaten us, don’t try us, and Salam.”


English voice-over

  • Oct 10, 2012 | Hezbollah confirms sending drone into Israeli airspace | PressTV

Israel reminded in his speech of the continuous air violations by Israel : 20865 since 2006 in violation of UNSCR.

Every nation, has the right to defend itself against breaches of (International) Law, sovereignty, safety, violations of regulations, treaties and agreements. Resistance is a legal right.

Nasrallah also reminded this world, on which even Saudi and media silence: the by Israel occupied islands of Saudi:

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