Hezbollah's Nasrallah: No Evidence Tying Israel to Commander's Assassination

The Hezbollah leader warns Israel that if it does hurt one of its fighter, the Lebanese militant group won't hesitate to strike back within Israel's borders.

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Members of Hezbollah carry a portrait of Mustafa Badreddine, a top commander killed in Syria, during his Beirut, May 13, 2016.
Members of Hezbollah carry a portrait of Mustafa Badreddine, a top commander killed in Syria, during his Beirut, May 13, 2016.Credit: Anwar Amro, AFP
Jack Khoury
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Friday that the Lebanese militant group hasn't found any evidence tying Israel to the assassination of military commander Mustafa Badreddine.

Speaking at a memorial service held for Badreddine, who was killed around 10 days ago in Syria, Nasrallah attributed the assassination to "terror organizations fighting in Syria," but said that Hezbollah isn't "fully exonerating" Israel.

"We aren't worried or afraid of holding Israel responsible when we have the evidence, and we aren't scared of responding if necessary," the Hezbollah leader said.

In a message to Israel, Nasrallah warned that "if you hurt one of our fighters, we will respond forcefully" and will breach Israeli borders, "regardless of the implications."

Badreddine was the highest-ranking Hezbollah militant to be killed since the group joined Syria's civil four years ago. He died in an explosion near the airport in Damascus.

In his eulogy on Friday, Nasrallah said that Badreddine was tasked with dismantling Israeli espionage infrastructure after the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, Hezbollah's military chief, in 2008.

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