Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said his group was not involved in bomb attacks on Israeli diplomats in Thailand, India and Georgia this month.
“We’re not involved, I can confirm that,” Nasrallah said in a speech broadcast via a video link to a rally in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The event marked the anniversary of the killings of Hezbollah leaders Abbas Musawi in 1992 and Ragheb Harb in 1984 and Imad Mughniyeh, a military commander of the group, in 2008. Hezbollah blames Israel for the killing of Mughniyeh. Nasrallah reiterated vows to avenge his death “honorably.”
Israel has accused Iran, a main backer of Hezbollah, of being behind all the attacks on its diplomats. Iran has denied any connection to the bombing of an embassy vehicle in New Delhi that injured an Israeli diplomat’s wife and a bomb planted under an Israeli diplomatic car in Georgia that was discovered before it could be detonated this week.
Iranians arrested after blasts on a Bangkok street aimed to attack Israeli diplomats and the devices used were similar to the bombs targeting Israelis in India and Georgia, Thailand’s police chief, Priewphan Damaphong, said yesterday.
Hezbollah won popularity in Lebanon by helping to force Israel’s military to withdraw from the country in 2000, ending a 22-year occupation. Israel fought a monthlong war against Hezbollah in 2006.
The U.S. and Israel classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.