BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah sat down with Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV on Saturday evening to discuss a number of topics, including the rumors about his health.
“I have not been silent since November 10th because of any health issues,” Sayyed Nasrallah began, saying that all the rumors about his heart were lies.
“In the past weeks, I turned 60 but I am healthy and anything saying otherwise is a lie,” he continued.
In regards to his three-month-long silence, the Hezbollah leader said that he gives speeches to commemorate special events or to discuss certain issues, adding that he does not just speak arbitrarily.
The Hezbollah leader then turned his attention to Israel’s “Operation Northern Shield”, which targeted the Lebanese group’s tunnels along the country’s southern border.
Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that his leadership met about the Israeli operation, but later determined it was not worth discussing publicly.
The Hezbollah said that the rumors about his health coincided with the Israeli operation, as the claims about his heart were an attempt to force him to speak.
“In regards to the tunnels, I am not obliged to say whether I or Hezbollah dug these tunnels; we prefer to maintain ambiguity,” Sayyed Nasrallah told Al-Mayadeen.
“We do not want to give the Israelis free intelligence,” the Hezbollah leader said, adding that Israel has yet to prove that these tunnels belong to his organization.
However, the Hezbollah did confirm that there are tunnels in southern Lebanon but said some of them are older than UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which was established in the Summer of 2006.
“What’s surprising is how long it took Israel to discover these tunnels,” the Hezbollah leader said.
The Al-Mayadeen TV is still ongoing at this time; the Hezbollah leader has discussed the tunnel operation at length, Trump’s withdrawal from Syria announcement, and several other topics.