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Nasrallah's remarks were seen as indicative of the organizational and political relationship between Hezbollah and the Houthis

Nasrallah: Houthis are capable of striking Israel, will one day draw large crowds in Jeddah

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Monday that the Houthis have highly sophisticated weapons and that the group’s leader, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, is capable of acting on his threats to strike Israel.

The Lebanese paramilitary leader’s speech came two days after Al-Houthi announced that the Houthis "will not hesitate to strike powerfully and hit very sensitive targets of the enemy Israel if it thinks of any foolish acts against his group."

Late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of installing precision missiles in Yemen as part of a ploy to target Israel under the cover of the Houthi group. The Houthis are accused of acting at the behest of Iran and Hezbollah, but the extent of the cooperation remains unclear. 

In his Monday speech, Nasrallah said the Houthi leader’s declaration amounts to the entry of new forces in the wider confrontation against Israel, and constitutes a strategic and crucial force for the so-called ‘axis of resistance’ led by Iran.

Speaking about the crowds of Houthi supporters in several governorates of Yemen who came out on Friday to celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed, Nasrallah heralded similar crowds in the Saudi city of Jeddah, as he laughed and said: "What Jeddah, Ah, hopefully in the future."

Nasrallah did not hide his joy at the new oil discovery in Iran, which stores a reserve of 53 billion barrels, saying “How long does it takes to operate this field?” He referred to his party's suffering from the financial sanctions being imposed on Iran, which have reduced its degree of support for its various proxies in the Arab world, most notable of which is Hezbollah.

Nasrallah's remarks were seen as indicative of the organizational and political relationship between Hezbollah and the Houthis, and raise a greater question as to the extent to which the Houthis’ relationship with Iran and Hezbollah has expanded militarily, politically and organizationally. Meanwhile, the Houthis have continued to claim responsibility for targeting Saudi Aramco, despite US officials assertion that Iran was directly responsible.


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