Hezbollah says its arms needed to resist Israel

BEIRUT — A senior Hezbollah official says despite Israel’s decision ‘in principle’ to pull out of a disputed border village, the group’s weapons are still necessary.

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Published: Sat 20 Nov 2010, 7:52 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:16 AM

The comments of Hussein Khalil, the political adviser to Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, come three days after Israel announced its decision to withdraw from the northern half of Ghajar.

Khalil said Saturday that Israel is still occupying the disputed Chebaa Farms and Kfar Chouba Hills captured from Syria four decades ago.

Israel captured Ghajar in 1967. After Israel ended an 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon in 2000, UN surveyors split it between Lebanon and the Israeli-controlled Golan. Israel took the villages’ northern half in the 2006 war with Hezbollah.

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