Israeli maneuvers fail to restore trust in army: Hezbollah official

13:19, May 29, 2010      

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Top Hezbollah leader in south Lebanon Sheikh Nabil Kaouk said Friday that Israel's latest military drill failed to restore public trust in the Israeli army, the country's state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.

"They failed to restore the public opinion's trust in the Israeli army," the report quoted Kaouk as criticizing the outcome of Israel's latest military exercises.

Kaouk also stressed his party's strategy that comprises the cooperation of the army and the people has become "the pride of people of the region."

Israel finished on Thursday a five-day civil defense exercise to enhance the ability of army, local authorities and civilians to respond to possible missile and rocket attacks on the Jewish state.

The exercise had been closely watched in the Middle East, especially in Tehran, Damascus and Beirut. It is afraid that Israel may be planning an attack on Iran's allies in the upcoming weeks, which was strongly denied by Israel.

Meanwhile, UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Spokesman Neeraj Singh said Thursday that the Israeli military drill is defensive, stressing the situation in south Lebanon is calm.

Source: Xinhua


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