Hezbollah Chieftain Warns Israel of 'Open War'

Nasrallah blames foe for killing of top commander
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2008 3:09 PM CST
Lebanese Shiite clerics listen to Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, who makes a speech to the crowd through a giant screen, during the funeral procession of the slain top commander Imad Mughniyeh,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The leader of the terrorist group Hezbollah said today that the assassination of one of its commanders amounted to a declaration of “open war” by Israel, NPR reports. "Zionists, if you want this type of open war then let the whole world hear: let it be an open war," Hassan Nasrallah told a funeral gathering for Imad Mughniyeh, killed Tuesday in Syria.

Israel has denied killing Mughniyeh, although he had long been targeted by it, and the US, for his long, high-profile list of terrorist violence—including the 1983 bombing of a US Marine barracks in Lebanon, Reuters reports. Israel’s embassies have been put on high alert, interpreting Nasrallah’s threat as a drive to attack Israeli or Jewish targets around the world.