Nasrallah: Nazareth children are martyrs

Friday, July 21, 2006 |  Staff Writer
Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who survived an Israeli assassination attempt, called two Arab-Israeli boys who were killed by a Hizballah rocket in Nazareth “martyrs.”

He offered his condolences to the family of the two brothers in an interview with Al-Jazeera television. Nasrallah also said Hizballah’s infrastructure and leadership hierarchy were still intact and functional.

"I can confirm without exaggerating or using psychological warfare, that we have not been harmed," he said, referring to a strike early Thursday in which Israeli planes dropped 23 tons of explosives on Hizballah headquarters in Beirut.

Nasrallah added that, "All of Israel's talk about 50 percent of our infrastructure being damaged is nonsense."

Nasrallah said that, "even if the entire world will demand it," the kidnapped Israeli soldiers would only be released for Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails through negotiations. He did not offer any information regarding the condition of the soldiers.

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