Nasrallah Declares Victory for Hezbollah
Monday, August 14, 2006; 1:52 PM
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah declared Monday that his guerrillas achieved a "strategic, historic victory" against Israel.
Nasrallah, speaking on the day a cease-fire took effect _ ending 34 days of fighting between Hezbollah and Israel _ called Monday "a great day."
"We are today before a strategic, historic victory, without exaggeration," the leader of the Shiite militant group said in a taped speech on Hezbollah's al-Manar TV.
Nasrallah also promised Hezbollah would help the Lebanese people rebuild.
"The enemy destroyed thousands of houses in the south, the Bekaa and the southern suburbs," he said.