Nasrallah Declares Victory for Hezbollah

The Associated Press
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.

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