Hezbollah refutes claims it has chemical weapons

The leader of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite group, said this week that the group does not have chemical weapons but has enough missiles to cause major damage to Israel in case of an attack.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the group's leader, said that while the group does not have chemical weapons, it is capable of damaging Israel if provoked. Nasrallah said that Hezbollah has multiple important targets in Israel and has its missiles pointed directly at them, RIA Novosti reports.

"We have no chemical weapons and we do not need it," Nasrallah said, according to RIA Novosti. "But we are capable of hitting painful for Israel targets. Israelis understand this and take it into account."

It has been more than five years since the Israeli-Hezbollah war. Since that time, there have been multiple rocket attacks by terrorist organizations based in Lebanon, but there have been no confrontations between the regular armed forces of either nation.

Hezbollah is a political and paramilitary organization originating in Lebanon's Shiite population. The group's goal is to create an Islamic state in Lebanon. Many Western governments, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel and multiple European states, consider Hezbollah a terrorist group. Russia is one of the countries that does not consider Hezbollah to be a terrorist group, according to RIA Novosti.