Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, said in a Lebanese TV interview that he would not have ordered the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers had he known the scale of violence that was to follow. If he had it to do all over again, Nasrallah said, with a 1% chance that Israel would respond as it did, he would say: “No, definitely not, for humanitarian, moral, social, security, military and political reasons.”


BBC News:

“Had we known that the kidnapping of the soldiers would have led to this, we would definitely not have done it,” he said in an interview on Lebanese TV.

He added that neither side was “heading towards a second round” of fighting.

More than 1,000 Lebanese died in the 34-day conflict which left much of southern Lebanon in ruins.

The Israeli offensive began after two Israeli soldiers were seized during a cross border raid by Hezbollah militants on 12 July.

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