Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said his health was good and thanked all who had asked after him in a televised speech on Tuesday.
"A human being is a human being, you get sick or tired sometimes," Nasrallah said.
Nasrallah had appeared unwell in his last speech on May 25, when he coughed throughout, but had then said he was suffering from allergies and nothing serious.
"Some people killed us off and some started looking for a successor, I reassure them," Nasrallah said, referring to social media rumors after his last appearance that hinted at a grave illness.
Nasrallah has led the Iran-backed armed Hezbollah movement for nearly three decades turning it from one of Lebanon's many civil war militias into a group of regional influence.
"There are some people who expressed their love and distributed bread and salt and wrote and called and I reassure these, some sent some remedies and honey," Nasrallah said. "I cherish their love and thank all."
Nasrallah also said Hezbollah was ready to go to Iran to seek fuel to help Lebanon deal with a shortage.
"We, Hezbollah, can go to Iran and negotiate with the Iranian government and buy shipments of fuel," Nasrallah said.
Lebanon is in the throes of a deep financial crisis, and shortages in essential goods such as fuel and medicine have been worsening.
Nasrallah delivered a speech last month on the anniversary of the IDF’s withdrawal from south Lebanon 21 years ago, coughing and choking throughout the whole 90-minute event.
In a tweet posted during the speech, Nasrallah's son Jawad claimed his father was only suffering from allergies.
In that speech, Nasrallah focused primarily on the situation in Jerusalem as Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli security forces and warned that “the equation must be a regional war for al-Quds [Jerusalem].”
“We are now celebrating two great victories, the 25th of May 2000 in Lebanon and the 21st of May 2021 in Gaza,” he declared, relating to the recent 11-days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.
The leader of the Iran-backed group discussed in length what he alleged were Israel’s actions to "Judaize Jerusalem," saying that Hamas’ attack on Israel was “the arrogance and stupidity of the enemy as well as its miscalculations and underestimation of the resistance [Hamas].”
“The Israelis assumed that the Judaization procedures in Al-Quds will only be faced with statements and denunciations. They didn’t expect that the resistance will take this historic decision,” Nasrallah said.
“You should be aware that violating Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa mosque is unlike any other violation you practice,” he warned.
Nasrallah called for a regional war against Israel when he said that “any violation to Al-Aqsa or Islamic sanctities, in general, must not be faced by the resistance in Gaza only. The equation must be a regional war for Al-Quds.
”He also claimed that “the latest battle revived historic Palestine from the sea to the river and reflected a rise of faith in the choice of resistance.”
Nasrallah asserted that “the end of the Israeli entity is closer.”