BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday vowed to strike Tel Aviv in retaliation for Israel’s bombardment of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.

“If you hit Beirut, the Islamic resistance will hit Tel Aviv and is able to do that with God’s help,” Nasrallah said in a televised address.

His comments came shortly after Israeli media reported that Israel’s defense minister has ordered generals to prepare to push up to 18 miles into Lebanon, up to the Litani River, The Associated Press reported.

Cabinet approval would be needed for the advance, Israeli media reported.

Israeli forces are now stationed across 11 villages in southern Lebanon, according to the IDF, trying to clear Hezbollah from a five-mile-wide security zone before any international peacekeepers are deployed, AP reported.

Hezbollah pounded northern Israel with 160 rockets Thursday, killing seven people and injuring several, Israeli police said, after Israel resumed airstrikes on Beirut’s suburbs.

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