File- Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah speaks during a ceremony in Beirut's southern suburbs, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Hezbollah's Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Wednesday defended the decision to launch Arsal outskirts offensive saying it will continue until renewed extremist threats from militants are deterred.Nasrallah responded to recent analyses on the objectives of the Arsal battle.Nasrallah also praised the "rational and responsible" conduct of Saraya Ahl al-Sham, a Free Syrian Army group that first engaged in battles in Arsal against Hezbollah but later withdrew from the front lines to the encampments in Arsal's Wadi Hmayed and al-Malahi.Nasrallah said that leaders of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham did not respond to the propositions for a settlement.Nasrallah saluted the Palestinians in Jerusalem and in the West Bank in the wake of the recent clashes witnessed in Jerusalem. He also thanked Yemeni rebel leader Abdel-Malik al-Houthi for his pledge to support Hezbollah in any fight against Israel.
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