Lebanon's Hezbollah on Thursday vowed that it has the capabilities to prevent Israel from extracting oil and gas from a disputed offshore field in the Mediterranean.
In a televised speech, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said his party "will not remain silent if the Israeli enemy steals Lebanon's oil and gas wealth."
He stressed that Hezbollah has the financial, military, logistical and human capabilities to stop Israel's extraction.
His remarks came a day after Israeli authorities said they "prepared to defend" the Energean Power floating gas production rig recently sent to the Karish gas field, which Israel claims is within its economic zone while Lebanon insists it lies in the disputed waters.
"All the measures adopted by the Israeli enemy cannot protect the Greek vessel in its oil extraction operations in the Karish field," Nasrallah said.