“Hezbollah continues its displays of strength through video clips shared by its supporters, showcasing military vehicles and equipment seen for the first time in Lebanon. This comes despite the ongoing debate about its weaponry and its assertion that it currently has no intention of engaging in a comprehensive military confrontation with Israel.
Just a few days after the crisis involving the overturning of an arms truck linked to the party, Hezbollah’s supporters on Sunday circulated images and videos displaying armored vehicles, cannons, and tanks gathered at an undisclosed location in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon.
The party’s supporters stated that these vehicles will be exhibited in a military exhibition organized by Hezbollah in the Bekaa Valley, marking the 17th anniversary of the end of the July 2006 war. This event is part of the celebrations scheduled for Monday, during which Hezbollah’s Secretary-General, Hassan Nasrallah, is expected to address.”
“The display of armored vehicles in Lebanon marks a first in the history of the party. Previous exhibitions were limited to unarmed symbolic military displays, while videos showcasing its weaponry were often circulated by its supporters on social media. Recently, a live maneuver was performed before the media in a village in the south.
This demonstration coincides with a Lebanese debate over the party’s weaponry, with calls from within Lebanon to confine arms to the country’s legitimate authorities. This comes after the incident involving an overturned truck loaded with ammunition, which led to clashes with local residents in Al-Khaleh area in eastern Beirut last Wednesday.
In parallel with this display, the party, through its Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem, emphasized that there is currently no decision within the party for a comprehensive military confrontation with Israel.
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He stated to the Iranian “Mehr” news agency: ‘Israel is trying to achieve limited accomplishments here and there, or maintain its occupation, or project an image of its presence through its maneuvers. However, all of this does not lead to a direct war, and it doesn’t mean that Israel is now prepared for a major conflict.'”