Berri threatens renewed Hizbullah ops

Lebanese parliament speaker: "If Israel doesn't pull out, we'll drive them out."

October 11, 2006 12:14
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Hizbullah will resume its military campaign unless Israel withdraws from the disputed Shaba farms area and other areas occupied during this summer's 34-day war, Nabih Berri, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament told The Guardian. "If Israel does not pull out, we will have to drive them out," he warned. "The UNIFIL presence will not hinder Hizbullah's defensive operations. The resistance doesn't need to fly its flags high to operate. It's a guerrilla movement; it operates among the people," he said.

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