BEIRUT, Aug 28 (Reuters / EP) –
The Lebanese Shiite militia party Hezbollah will respond against what it considers an “aggression of Israel” after two drones crashed in the suburbs of Beirut but for now rule out a war, as indicated by its 'number two', Sheikh Naim Qassem .
“I don't think we are in an atmosphere of war, it is an atmosphere of response to an attack,” Qassem said in an interview with the Russian RT network. “Everything will be decided in due course,” he added.
Hezbollah is preparing a “calculated coup” in response to the drones but seeks to avoid a new war, two sources close to the Shiite militia-party have told Reuters.
Israel has not recognized responsibility for the two drones that crashed in the southern suburbs of Beirut, dominated by Hezbollah, over the weekend, one of which exploded. According to Hezbollah, the drones were loaded with explosives.
On Sunday, Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasralá denounced that it was the first Israeli attack in Lebanon since the summer war of 2006 and promised that there would be an answer.
Asked about the origin or purpose of the drones, Qassem has not offered details. The 'number two' has said that Hezbollah considers it an attack to which it must respond so that Israel does not alter the status quo and set its own terms.
“We want the coup to be a surprise … so there is no interest in going into the details,” he said. “It will be seen in the next few days,” added Qassem.