| 22 May 2024, Wednesday |

Hezbollah forces on alert as Israel starts drill

BEIRUT: Hezbollah put its forces in Lebanon and Syria on high alert Sunday as Israel began large-scale military exercises, security sources said.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah had indicated the move in a speech Friday, warning Israel against launching an attack on Lebanon under the pretext of the exercises.

“Hezbollah will not tolerate any Israeli mistake during the drills,” he said.

Israel’s military maneuver, said to last for around a month, will imitate the outbreak of war on multiple fronts including missile fire at civilian population areas.

Security sources told The Daily Star Hezbollah raised the preparedness of its forces and reinforced some of its units in Lebanon and southern Syria.

The move also comes amid increased tensions over Israeli attempts to dislodge Palestinian families from a neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem and nightly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in the city’s Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war in 2006 during which Israel failed to achieve any of its declared goals, mainly destroying the group’s military infrastructure and freeing captured Israeli soldiers.

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