Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, speaking in front of thousands of supporters in a televised address, pledged that Hizbullah would not disarm: “I tell Ban and all the world that the armed resistance will stay and will increase its power.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon had said in a news conference earlier that he was “deeply concerned” about Hizbullah’s vaunted weapons arsenal, which is believed to be more complete than that of the Lebanese army. “All arms outside state authority are not acceptable,” he added.

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