Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem
© al-ManarHezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks at a ceremony in the capital Beirut on June 14, 2024.
A senior official of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement has warned the Israeli regime of a "decisive" response in case of expanding the scope of its war on Lebanese soil.

Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy secretary-general of Hezbollah, issued the warning in a ceremony in the capital Beirut on Friday as fire exchanges between the Lebanese resistance movement and Israeli troops intensified over the week following the targeted killing of a senior Hezbollah commander in the country's south.

Sami Abdallah, better known by the nom the guerre Abu Taleb, was killed along with three other people in the Israeli strikes that targeted a residential building in the southern Lebanese town of Jwaya on Tuesday.

Sheikh Qassem said the Lebanese resistance had struck several sites in the occupied territories in retaliation for Abdallah's assassination, and would also respond to any expansion of the Israeli aggression against Lebanon, no matter how limited.

The resistance movement, he said, "targeted barracks, military personnel, and combat sites within a distance of between three and five kilometers and avoided targeting civilians" and engaging in direct military action.

"With the Israeli fear of exceeding the limits that could lead to war, it is trying to seize opportunities and work on limited expansion, but we have a decision that any expansion, no matter how limited, will be met with a decisive response that will... inflict great losses on the Israelis," Sheikh Qassem added.

The senior Hezbollah official cautioned the Israeli regime against any further actions and said, "You saw how we responded to the assassination of Commander Abu Taleb and his companions."

The Israeli regime has repeatedly attacked southern Lebanon since October 7, 2023, when it launched a ferocious war on the besieged Gaza Strip that has so far killed about 37,300 Palestinians, most of them women and children.

In retaliation, Hezbollah has launched near-daily rocket attacks on Israeli positions in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

In its biggest attack since October 8, Hezbollah fired on Wednesday around 30 drones and 150 rockets at Israel in reprisal for the recent killing of Sami Abdallah.

Hezbollah has already fought off two Israeli wars against Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. The resistance forced the regime to retreat in both conflicts.