Fri, 18 Sep 2020

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Hezbollah leader Sayed Hassan Nasrallah announced on Friday that Israel will pay a heavy price if investigations by the Lebanese judicial system prove that Israel was behind behind the explosions at Beirut's port, al-Manar local TV channel reported Friday.

Nasrallah made the remarks in a televised speech, saying that the whole Lebanese population and Lebanese parties, not only Hezbollah, will retaliate if the blasts were an attack.

Two huge explosions rocked the Port of Beirut on Aug. 4 at around 6:10 p.m. local time (1510 GMT), shaking buildings all over Lebanon's capital, while killing at least 178 people and wounding over 6,000 others.

Investigations into the explosions have already started and President Michel Aoun announced on Friday that he accepts foreign participation in the investigations. It is understood FBI investigators are already in Beirut.

Nasrallah also slammed the UAE-Israeli peace deal, considering it "a betrayal for Arabs and the Palestinians."

He expected more Arab countries to sign peace deals with Israel in the coming months ahead of the U.S. presidential elections, adding this deal is a favor for U.S. President Donald Trump who has failed to deal with many issues in his country.

Israel and the UAE have reached an historic deal that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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