Report: IDF warns Beirut against Hezbollah attack
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Report: IDF warns Beirut against Hezbollah attack

Lebanon, which lodges protest with UN, told by Israel it will be held responsible after Shiite group’s threats

Lazar Berman is a former breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah addressing supporters via satellite link during a rally in the southern Lebanese border village of Aita in August 2013. (photo credit: AP/Mohammed Zaatari)
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah addressing supporters via satellite link during a rally in the southern Lebanese border village of Aita in August 2013. (photo credit: AP/Mohammed Zaatari)

After Hezbollah threatened retaliation for Monday’s alleged Israeli airstrike on an arms convoy from Syria, the IDF passed a message to the Lebanese government warning that Beirut would be held responsible for any Hezbollah response.

According to diplomatic sources quoted in the Lebanese daily al-Akhbar Friday, the Israeli military sent the warning through UNIFIL forces, Israel Radio reported.

On Wednesday, Hezbollah acknowledged it was attacked by Israel and warned that it would strike back when and where it deemed appropriate. Israel put its troops on the northern border with Lebanon on high alert.

The organization’s chief, Hassan Nasrallah, warned key military personnel of the possibility of war with the Jewish state, a Lebanese journalist with close ties to Hezbollah said on Thursday.

“In his recent speech, Hassan Nasrallah warned that Hezbollah’s readiness against the [Israeli] enemy has nothing to do with other battles,” Ibrahim al-Amin, editor of Lebanon’s al-Akhbar daily wrote in a column. “What he did not say publicly, he told his party’s military personnel in closed meetings where he called them to action, saying that the resistance [Hezbollah] may be forced to wage a battle on three fronts at the same time: in Syria, inside [Lebanon], and against the [Israeli] enemy.”

Also Friday, the Lebanese government lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations over the strike, demanding that Israel be forced to comply with UN Resolution 1701, which was intended to resolve the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.

An IAF F-16 (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit/ Flash 90)
Illustrative photo of an IAF F-16 (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Flash 90)

Lebanon’s Daily Star reported that two trucks transferring missiles and a missile launcher were targeted in Monday’s raid as they were being transported from Syria to a Hezbollah storage facility. However, Hezbollah denied that a missile or artillery site was the target.

Israel and Hezbollah both denied the reports at the time, but a senior Israeli security official told Time magazine on Tuesday that the Jewish state was indeed behind the bombing.

An Iranian politician also acknowledged the alleged Israeli strike on Hezbollah on Wednesday, saying Tehran was shocked that Israel “didn’t learn from its previous attempts.”

Israel and Hezbollah fought a month-long war in 2006.

The Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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