The Secretary General of Lebanon's Hizbullah, Hassan Nasrallah denied late Monday that his group holds chemical weapons, citing reasons related to sharia. "We do not have chemical weapons and we can't use them for reasons related to the sharia (Islamic law) and for humanitarian reasons," said Nasrallah in an interview with al-Mayadeen TV Channel.
At the end of July, Israeli leaders have warned against the transfer of Syrian chemical weapons to Hizbullah, an ally of Damascus. The Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman warned that Israel would act "immediately" as well as "hard as possible" in such a situation.
The Syrian regime, which faces nearly 18 months of revolt, admitted in July for the first time the possession of chemical weapons and threatened to use them in case of foreign military intervention, but never against its population.
Nasrallah reiterated that in case of "enemy aggression" against Lebanon, Hizbullah will not only "defend itself" but "also raid the northern part of Israel, the Galilee." In February 2011, the armed wing of the Shiite group already threatened to invade the northern region of Israel in case of an Israeli attack.
Asked about a possible Israeli war against Iran, the sponsor of Hizbullah, Nasrallah said he had information from Iranian leaders that Tehran's response will be huge "if attacked by Israel. "Iran will not reconcile if strike against its nuclear facilities is carried out," he said, noting that the Islamic Republic would retaliate also against "U.S. bases in the region."