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Hezbollah says Syria will provide 'sophisticated weapons'

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Hezbollah says Syria will provide 'sophisticated weapons'

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In a televised address to supporters, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah announced that Syria will help provide his fighters with new weapons after Israeli raids in Damascus last week.

He threatened that such arms could change the balance of power between Israel and his Islamist militant group:

‘‘We the resistance in Lebanon announce that we’re ready to receive any sophisticated weaponry, even if it would change the balance – and we are ready to safeguard these weapons,” Nasrallah said.

His rhetoric came days after air strikes near the Syrian capital Damascus on May 3 and 5.

Although not formally acknowledged by Israel, officials within its government have said the actions were taken in order to prevent Iranian missiles reaching Hezbollah.

Nasrallah also said that Hezbollah will support any Syrian efforts to recapture the Golan Heights, controlled by Israel since 1967.