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Photo: Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah (R) speaks next to freed Lebanese prisoner Samir Qantar (L) at a stadium in Beirut's southern suburbs.

Israel advises Nasrallah: Leaving your hideout is 'dangerous'

Published: Saturday, 19 July, 2008 @ 8:02 AM in Beirut

Beirut / Jerusalem - A high-ranking Israeli security source has advised Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah not to go out from hiding, a day after a similar threat was made against released prisoner Samir Qantar.

The Israeli daily Haaretz quoted the source as saying "that he doesn't advise Nasrallah to leave his hideout, (a move) which could be dangerous."

Nasrallah made a brief appearance at celebrations for the release of five prisoners, including Qantar, from Israeli jails in Beirut's southern suburbs on Wednesday.

But the Hezbollah chief was whisked out of sight a few minutes after his appearance at Al-Raya stadium to greet Qantar and his comrades.

He later gave a speech via video link.

The last time Nasrallah made a public speech was in September 2006 in a victory celebration among the ruins of the southern suburbs destroyed during the July-August 2006 war Hezbollah fought with Israel.

He also appeared in public for a few minutes in January during the Shiite Muslim holiday of Ashura.

The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth also hinted Thursday that it was possible the Jewish state would assassinate Qantar.

Qantar ( 46) was in Israeli jail for nearly 30 years and was freed just 3 days ago in a prisoner swap deal between Hezbollah and Israel .

Qantar received four life sentences in an Israeli court. He was convicted of murdering three Israelis during the raid - an Israeli policeman, a 31 year-old man, and his 4-year-old daughter. He was 17 and belonged to the Palestine Liberation Front ( PLF) , when he participated in the 1979 PLF raid in Nahariya, 10 kilometers away from the Lebanese border.

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