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Zionist enemy horrified by Hezbollah’s deterrent power, strategies: Senior official

Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, head of the Executive Council of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement

A high-ranking official with the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah says his group’s defensive deterrent power and engagement strategies have struck “horror” in the heart of the Israeli regime, and terrified its military top brass.

Speaking at a ceremony in the Beqaa Valley of eastern Lebanon, Head of Hezbollah Executive Council Sayyed Hashem Safieddine highlighted that the resistance movement has reached a point of deterrence that the Israeli army is recoiling in horror and desperation.

He underscored that Hezbollah’s defense might has prevented any adventurist measure by the Israeli military.

Back in late June, the Hebrew-language Maariv daily newspaper reported that he Israeli military had expressed concerns about the growing air defense capabilities of Hezbollah in countering the regime’s aerial aggression on Lebanese soil.

The newspaper reported on June 30 that the Israeli military was following with concern “a major change in the concept of air defense by Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

The paper said what worried the regime was Hezbollah’s move to have doubled the amount of air defense systems in its possession over the past five years “in an attempt to restrict the freedom of action of the Israeli air force in Lebanon.”

“The improvement of these capabilities of Hezbollah continues persistently, and this is manifested, according to Israeli estimates, in the availability of these systems for rapid use and pursuant to Nasrallah’s decision,” Maariv said, referring to the Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

The Israeli military, the daily added, is “following the alarming trend, which is reflected both in the quantities and in the improvement of the capacity and in the shift in strategy.”

The newspaper also said the Israeli security service believes an Israeli drone attack in August 2019 on a facility at the heart of the southern suburbs of Beirut, the stronghold of Hezbollah, was a turning point in Hezbollah’s strategy of starting to shoot down Israeli drones, as promised by Nasrallah at the time.

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