Israel will respond to Hezbollah threat with actions not words, IDF says

Israel will respond to Hezbollah threat with actions not words, IDF says
# 03 November 2023 06:23 (UTC +04:00)

Israel will respond with actions, not words, in response to any escalation from Hezbollah at the northern border, a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces said, APA reports citing CNN.

The comments from Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari come as the Israeli military has traded fire with Hezbollah militants for the past several weeks. The Israeli military said Thursday it struck several Hezbollah targets in Lebanon in response to launches from the country toward Israel.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is expected to weigh in on the war on Friday.

The group released a statement Thursday saying it hit an Israeli military barracks in the Shebaa Farms area with two attack drones, claiming they made "very direct hits inside the barracks." Shebaa Farms is disputed territory along the Israel-Lebanon border.

Asked about the potential for escalation in light of Nasrallah's speech, Hagari reiterated Israel would respond with action, noting they are highly prepared.

It is unclear what Nasrallah may announce in Friday’s speech, but Hezbollah-owned media have been effusive in their support for Hamas since October 7. Observers will watch the speech for signs of a new phase in the conflict, or modifications to the loosely defined rules of engagement that extend beyond the current tit-for-tat.

In anticipation of the speech, White House spokesperson John Kirby said on Thursday, “Our message to him or to anybody else is that they're thinking about widening and escalating and deepening this conflict: You shouldn't do it.”

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