Hezbollah tells Saudi Arabia to stop Yemen war
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on Friday called for Saudi Arabia to stop its war in Yemen, or else face more attacks on its soil.
Hezbollah leader warns against new US mediator with Israel
BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. official visiting Beirut to mediate between Lebanon and Israel over a maritime border dispute is a "friend of Israel," keen to defend its interests, the leader of Lebanon's...
Hezbollah says it shot down Israeli drone over south Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group said it shot down an Israeli drone over southern Lebanon early Monday, shortly after it crossed from Israel amid rising tensions along the...
Israel claims to uncover Hezbollah missile plant in Lebanon
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Tuesday the militant group Hezbollah and Iran have built a precision-missile factory in neighboring Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
Calm prevails on Lebanon-Israel border day after brief clash
MAROUN EL-RAS, Lebanon (AP) — The Lebanon-Israel border was mostly calm with U.N. peacekeepers patrolling the border on Monday, a day after the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a barrage of...
Hezbollah leader: We have no missile factories in Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah on Saturday categorically denied Israeli claims about his group having factories to produce precision-guided missiles in Lebanon, saying such "lies"...
Israel’s shadow war with Iran bursts into the open
JERUSALEM (AP) — The long shadow war between Israel and Iran has burst into the open in recent days, with Israel allegedly striking Iran-linked targets as far away as Iraq and crash-landing two...
Netanyahu to Iran, Hezbollah: Israel knows how to ‘pay back’
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned Iran and its Lebanese Shiite proxy, the militant Hezbollah group, that Israel "knows how to defend itself and how to...
Hezbollah leader: Israeli drones over Lebanon will be downed
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah said Sunday that his group will confront and shoot down any Israeli drones that enter Lebanese airspace from now on, raising the...
The Latest: Hezbollah leader: Israeli drones will be downed
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the reported crash of two Israeli drones in Lebanon, following Israeli attacks on Iranian targets in neighboring Syria (all times local):
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says it will deliver a "crushing" strike against Hezbollah if the Lebanese militant group attempts to attack.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Hezbollah says U.S. sanctions against two lawmakers from his group are an offense to Lebanese state institutions which would need to defend themselves.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Hezbollah leader rejected late Friday what he called U.S. conditions for mediating a border and maritime dispute with Israel.
Iran could rally regional proxies in case of war with the US
BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone."
That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut...
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah on Wednesday called the U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization "stupidity," and...
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is calling on his supporters to donate funds as it comes under tighter sanctions from western countries.
Hezbollah leader blasts Trump over fight against IS
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group is blasting President Donald Trump ahead of his expected declaration of victory against the Islamic State group in Syria.
Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday that had it not been for the U.S., Syrian government forces, supported by Hezbollah fighters on the ground, would have defeated the extremists a long time ago.
Syria says Israel shells southern region, no casualties
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that Israel has bombarded the southern province of Quneitra, causing material damage but no casualties.
SANA news agency says Israeli troops fired several shells on Quneitra's abandoned hospital and a nearby observation post.
Last month, the Israeli military confirmed attacking Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after carrying out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport.
Hezbollah leader appears on Israeli recycling ad
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has invaded the Israeli city of Tel Aviv — as the face of an eye-catching, satirical new recycling campaign.
A gigantic poster featuring the Lebanese militant leader overlooking Tel Aviv's Ayalon highway went up Thursday and encourages Israelis to recycle plastic bottles.
Above Nasrallah's head reads the caption: "I don't recycle bottles." Beneath him, the poster says: "Nasrallah has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years. What is your excuse?"
Hezbollah leader says in event of war, Iran won’t be alone
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah said Wednesday the organization would defend Iran in the event of war, saying the Islamic Republic would not be alone in a confrontation with America.
Hassan Nasrallah said the Islamic Republic is currently the strongest state in the region, and the so-called axis of resistance led by Iran is the strongest it has ever been. The axis groups the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad with Shiite militias in Iraq and Hezbollah.
Hezbollah leader dismisses US concerns over Lebanon Cabinet
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah is brushing off U.S. concerns about the health minister his group named to the new government, calling the official a "trusted brother" who will serve all Lebanese.
Hassan Nasrallah stressed Monday that Jamil Jabbak is not a member of the militant group, which Washington sanctions as a terrorist organization. He is one of three ministers named by the group.
Netanyahu dismisses ‘embarrassed’ Hezbollah leader’s threat
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed threats made by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, saying the Iranian-backed group is "in distress" and "very embarrassed."
Hezbollah leader warns Israel over attacks in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the militant Hezbollah group in Lebanon warned Israel late Saturday over its continued attacks in Syria, saying a miscalculation could drag the region into a war.
Hassan Nasrallah made the comment during a wide-ranging interview that lasted more than three hours with the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV station.
Nasrallah said Iran, Syria and Hezbollah could "at any moment" decide to deal differently with Israel's actions in Syria and hinted that Tel Aviv might be a target.
Militant or poet? US sanctions Hezbollah leader’s son
BEIRUT (AP) — The son of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader designated by the U.S. State Department this week as a "global terrorist" is a poet and music lover who is said to move around without security and whose role within the group is shrouded in secrecy.
Jawad Nasrallah, the 37-year-old father of four, is the second eldest son of Hassan Nasrallah who has been at the helm of the Iran-backed Shiite group since 1992.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah says it won’t give up its rockets
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah said his group will not be compelled by threats or sanctions to give up its rocket a capability, urging his government in comments Saturday to contend with the diplomatic pressure it faces.
Hassan Nasrallah said succumbing to diplomatic pressure would allow Israel to attack Lebanon at will.
Nasrallah spoke to supporters in Beirut's southern district via video link on "Martyrs' Day," commemorating the group's fighters in combat.
Hezbollah leader calls on Saudi Arabia to end war in Yemen
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah has called on Saudi Arabia to make a "courageous" decision and end the fighting in Yemen, saying the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has tarnished the kingdom's image to an unprecedented degree.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech in Beirut Friday that "the international cover" for the war in Yemen has begun to collapse.
Hezbollah responds to Israel’s missile claims with ambiguity
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah made no mention of weapons capability on Friday in his first speech since Israel claimed that the Islamic militant group has a missile-launching facility near Beirut's international airport.
Hezbollah leader boasts group has ‘highly accurate’ missiles
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah boasted Thursday the group now possesses "highly accurate" missiles despite Israeli attempts to prevent it from acquiring such weapons.
Hassan Nasrallah didn't offer specifics on the precision weapons, but his comments prompted a reply from Israel's Prime Minister.
Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Hezbollah leader that "if he confronts us, he will receive a lethal blow that he can't even imagine."
With a calmer Syria, Hezbollah may reduce its fighters there
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia said Wednesday his group may reduce the number of its fighters in Syria because of an easing of the conflict, particularly after a recent Russian-Turkey agreement that prevented an offensive on the last rebel stronghold.
Hassan Nasrallah welcomed the agreement signed on Monday in Sochi, Russia, calling it a "step on the road to making a political solution possible."
Hezbollah leader meets with Yemeni rebels
BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah says its leader has met with a delegation from Yemen's Houthi rebels.
The Lebanese militant group said Sunday that Hassan Nasrallah met with a delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam to discuss the latest developments in Yemen's civil war.
Hezbollah is believed to train and support the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who are at war with a Saudi-led coalition allied with Yemen's internationally recognized government.
Hezbollah downplays US sanctions on Iran
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement said Tuesday that U.S. sanctions against Iran and his Iran-backed group will not have major effects on them and will not lead to regime change in Tehran.
Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech marking the 12th anniversary of the end of the 34-day war with Israel that the Trump administration is "mistaken" by thinking the sanctions will lead to riots in Iran.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has blasted President Donald Trump as a "wild monster" over the policy of separating children from their parents for migrants caught illegally entering the U.S.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech Friday that the policy shows Trump's "real image."
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group called on the Lebanese state Friday to stand up for citizens being slapped with sanctions by the United States, saying they are harming people.
Speaking in a televised address Friday, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said the new government, which prime minister Saad Hariri was appointed to form a day earlier, cannot "turn its back" on those individuals.
Hezbollah says ‘new phase’ in war with Israel after strikes
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said Monday a barrage of rockets from Syria against Israeli forces in the occupied Goal Heights last week opens up "a new phase" in the conflict, warning that Israel proper could be the next target for retaliation.
Hassan Nasrallah said that Israel has been informed through an international body that retaliation inside Israel will take place if it crosses "a red line" in Syria, without providing specifics.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Hezbollah is urging high turnout in Lebanon's parliamentary elections.
In a speech to supporters in the eastern city of Baalbek on Tuesday, Hassan Nasrallah says the group needs "political protection" against those conspiring against it, and that "this protection is afforded by your votes."
Hezbollah: US not honest broker in Lebanon’s gas dispute
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah urged fellow politicians Friday not to let the U.S. administration divide their ranks while it mediates a dispute with Israel over offshore gas drilling rights, saying the U.S. is not an honest broker.
Hassan Nasrallah, in a televised address to supporters, instead, called the Americans "the devils," adding that U.S. officials have defended Israel's rights and issued threats to Lebanese politicians.
Hezbollah chief weighs in on Lebanon’s Spielberg controversy
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Hezbollah is weighing in on a local controversy surrounding Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post," saying it was wrong to screen it in Lebanese theaters.
Censorship authorities had recommended the ban because the director is blacklisted by the Arab League over his support for Israel, but a Lebanese minister reversed the decision, allowing it to open Thursday in theaters across the country.
Hezbollah denies US drug trafficking accusations
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group has categorically dismissed allegations that it is involved in drug trafficking and money laundering.
Friday's statements by Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah are in response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session's announcement last week that the Justice Department is forming a team of prosecutors to investigate such activity linked to the Iranian-backed group.
The Latest: Hezbollah chief downplays Iran protests
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on protests in Iran (all times local):
The leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group says President Donald Trump's "hopes" that the protests in Iran will snowball and lead to regime change or chaos will be dashed along with the hopes of the Israelis and Saudis.
At rally, Hezbollah chief vows to return focus to Israel
BEIRUT (AP) — Tens of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians attended a Hezbollah rally in Beirut on Monday, where the militant group's leader vowed to return its focus to Israel after years of fighting in Syria's civil war.
Chanting "Oh America, you are the Great Satan," while pumping their fists in the air, men, women and children marched through streets of Hezbollah's southern Beirut stronghold carrying Lebanese and Palestinian flags, as well as the militant group's yellow banners.
Hezbollah: Lebanon PM forced to resign by Saudi Arabia
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's powerful militant group Hezbollah accused Saudi Arabia Sunday of forcing the country's prime minister to resign after less than a year in his post, as Bahrain ordered its citizens in Lebanon to "leave immediately" and banned travel there.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri stunned Lebanon and its leaders Saturday when he announced his resignation in a televised statement recorded in Saudi Arabia, citing Iranian and Hezbollah meddling in Arab affairs.
Hezbollah: Lebanon PM forced to resign by Saudi Arabia
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah says the country's prime minister, Saad Hariri, was forced by Saudi Arabia to resign.
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah in a speech Sunday urged patience after Hariri resigned suddenly in a televised address from the Gulf kingdom a day earlier.
Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of drafting Hariri's resignation letter and forcing him to read it on Saudi TV. He even asked whether Hariri is being held against his will.
Rare public anger at Hezbollah after crackdown on peddlers
BEIRUT (AP) — A police raid against unlicensed street vendors in Beirut's southern suburbs has caused a rare public expression of anger in a stronghold of the militant Hezbollah group.
The raid early Wednesday in the Hay el-Sellom neighborhood was carried out by internal security forces, which used bulldozers to take down shacks where vendors mainly sold coffee and mobile phones.
Hezbollah leader warns Israel as Shiites mark Ashoura
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Shiite Lebanese militant group Hezbollah warned Israel against pushing the region into war on Sunday as supporters and other Shiite Muslims marked the Ashoura holiday with rallies, prayers, and self-flagellation.
Hezbollah leader: Kurdish vote will sow division in region
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has warned that a controversial referendum on support for independence in Iraq's Kurdistan will lead to dividing several countries in the region.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Saturday night that the referendum held on Monday does not threaten Iraq alone but also Turkey, Syria and Iran, which all have large Kurdish minorities.
The Latest: Hezbollah defends transfer of IS militants
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict and the war against the Islamic State group (all times local):
Hezbollah says the deal it negotiated to evacuate Islamic State militants from the Lebanon-Syria border was the "only way" to resolve the "national and humanitarian" case of determining the fate of Lebanese soldiers captured three years ago and later killed.
Israel official warns Lebanon over Hezbollah leader’s threat
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's education minister is warning Lebanon following threats by Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
Naftali Bennett, a member of Israel's security cabinet, says any future attack by Hezbollah would be considered a "declaration of war by the Lebanese state" as a whole. He says Israel won't operate "surgically" in the next war with the Shiite militia.
Hezbollah leader says Syrian government ‘will stay on’
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said Sunday it was time for political leaders to accept the survival of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.
Hezbollah General Secretary Hassan Nasrallah, addressing a rally held in Lebanon's southern Marjayoun district, advised the Lebanese government to normalize ties with its war-torn neighbor.