Israeli army believes Nasrallah may have Covid-19: reports

Israel army believes Hezbollah chief Nasrallah may have Covid-19: reports
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27 May, 2021
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was seen coughing throughout his speech on Tuesday, leading to speculation that he may have contracted the virus.
Hassan Nasrallah appeared to be unwell in a televised speech on Tuesday [Getty]

The Israeli army believes Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah may have Covid-19, following a televised appearance in which he appeared to be unwell, according to Israeli media reports.

The Israeli military was led to believe this based on the way Nasrallah delivered his nearly 100-minute speech on Tuesday, in which he was seen coughing and speaking with apparent discomfort, the Times of Israel reported.

Israel’s Channel 13 said the Israeli army’s assessment is “based on circumstantial evidence”, and that Nasrallah has yet to be tested for coronavirus.

The Shia paramilitary group’s leader spoke on the 21st anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon, apologising to his supporters for being absent due to his cough.

Nasrallah was notably absent throughout the latest round of Israeli violence in Gaza and the occupied West Bank which killed more than 250 Palestinians, while Hamas rocket fire led to 12 Israeli deaths.

Hezbollah, which fought its own devastating war with Israel in 2006, remains a powerful force in Lebanese politics and has close relations with Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas.