Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Feb. 16 that “if the Lebanese Higher Defense Council makes an official decision that some gas and oil rigs in the Palestinian sea—a sea plundered by Israel, the enemy entity—must not operate, I promise you that within a few hours, they will not operate anymore.”

The crowds responded with cries of “We respond to your call, Nasrallah!”

The speech, at a rally marking the 10th anniversary of the “martyrdom” of Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyah, was broadcast on the Lebanese Al-Jadeed/New TV channel.