Hailing a "historic and strategic victory" over the region's mightiest army, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Monday, August 15, his group will immediately start its new battle; housing hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians and rebuilding 15,000 homes demolished by the Israeli military juggernaut.
"We will launch tomorrow the battle of reconstruction," a confident Nasrallah said in a televised speech broadcast on Hizbullah's Al-Manar television channel, triggering shots into the air and fireworks across war-battered Lebanon.
He vowed to immediately begin paying money to the owners of 15,000 homes completely destroyed in the savage Israeli bombardment.
"From tomorrow... we will pay a certain amount of money for every family that whose house was totally destroyed to rent a place for one year and buy furniture."
Nasrallah said his group would also help whose houses were partially damaged.
He urged all Lebanese, particularly architects and youths, to take part in the re-construction process.
Nasrallah urged all Hizbullah members and supporters to volunteer in the rebuilding of the demolished homes.
The speech came after a UN-brokered deal took effect at 8 am (0500 GMT) on Monday, the 34th day of the devastating Israeli offensive against Lebanon, which has claimed the lives of about 1,150 people, mostly civilians.
Thousands of Lebanese displaced by the massive Israeli onslaught, many showing the V sign, jammed bombed-out roads across the south in the hope of returning home, their cars and pickup trucks loaded with families and belongings.
Around one million people have been displaced by Israeli bombardments that also destroyed thousands of homes, dozens of bridges and hundreds of kilometers (miles) of roads.