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Israeli military says Hezbollah chief 'a target' in next Lebanon war

An image grab taken from Hezbollah TV on November 20, 2017 shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the Lebanese Shiite movement, giving a televised address from an undisclosed location in Lebanon
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Israel fought a devastating war against Hezbollah in 2006 that left well over a thousand dead

The head of the Lebanese Shi'ite militia Hezbollah will be personally in the sights of Israel military during the next war in Lebanon, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief spokesperson declared on Sunday. 

"Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah is an IDF target in the next war in Lebanon," Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis said at a conference of Israeli journalists in the southern city of Eilat. 

"It is clear that if he dies, it will influence the [military] campaign," Manelis added. 

Iran-backed Hezbollah is one of Israel's chief military threats and estimated to have an arsenal of short and long-range rockets numbering in the tens of thousands. 

Israel fought a devastating war against the group in 2006 that left well over a thousand dead, mainly in Lebanon. 

"The IDF makes daily efforts, both overt and covert, in an effort to push back the next war," Manelis told journalists, according to an army statement.

"However the next war will look different on the side too. The intelligence and operational capabilities of the IDF, the ability of movement and firepower, means that even if it is difficult in Israel - in Lebanon it will be much worse."

More to come. 

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