| GEO World|
| Hezbollah says it has right to acquire weapons|
| Updated at: 1241 PST, Tuesday, February 17, 2009|
BEIRUT: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said that his group had every right to possess anti-aircraft weapons in its struggle against Israel.
"We have the right to possess any kind of weapon to defend the country and our people including anti-aircraft weapons," Nasrallah said via video link to thousands of supporters gathered in his stronghold in Beirut's suburbs.
"And we have every right to use such weapons if we wish," he added. "Why do the Israelis fear us owning such weapons? Because the resistance has the will and the courage to use them."
"I am not saying I want to launch a new battle, but it is our right to own any kind of weapon to protect our people and our country. "Whether we own these weapons or not is another matter," he added. "Our struggle against this enemy is based on the element of surprise."
Nasrallah also vowed to fulfill his promise to avenge Mughnieh who was killed in a Damascus car bombing last year, which Hezbollah blamed on Israel.