Hizbullah on Friday denied Israeli claims that al-Qaeda members had infiltrated Lebanon and were cooperating with the Shiite group.
"Al-Qaeda has no presence in Lebanon and there is no relationship between Hizbullah and al-Qaeda," the Lebanese movement said in a statement.
The denial was issued a day after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon charged that al-Qaeda members had infiltrated the Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon and were working to target Israel.
Hizbullah warned that "such statements issued by Sharon and Israeli officials hide aggressive intentions against Lebanon and increase our strength and determination to our rightful commitment in defending our people, land and dignity." (Albawaba.com)