Qassem warns Hezbollah has much more weapons to use if Israel expands war

Hezbollah's deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem has warned that the group has much more weapons to use if Israel expands the war.

"If the Israelis go too far, we will retaliate more. All what we have used until now in the fighting is the minimum of what we own," he said in a speech Monday in an apparent reference to Hezbollah's huge arsenal including precision-guided missiles and explosive drones.

The speech came hours after Hezbollah 's air defenses shot down an Israeli drone, increasing tensions along the Lebanon-Israel border. Israel retaliated by striking a village near Baalbek for the first time, killing two Hezbollah members and injuring an off-duty Lebanese army soldier and his son.

later on Monday, an Israeli strike hit a car in the southern village of Majadel, killing a Hezbollah field commander. The Israeli army said it killed Hassan Salami, Hezbollah's commander in the Hujair Valley region, adding that he was responsible for carrying out rocket attacks on northern Israel.

Hezbollah retaliated by firing 60 Katyusha rockets toward an Israeli army division command in Syria's Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and a salvo of rockets at the Meron air control base.

Source: Naharnet, Associated Press, Agence France Presse

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