The Lebanese armed group has clashed with Israeli forces several times since the outbreak of fighting in Gaza
A Hamas spokesman said Hezbollah would not increase its involvement in the conflict between Israel and Hamas unless the Palestinian faction in Gaza was completely eliminated.
Speaking on Monday, Hamas’ representative in Beirut, Ahmed Abdel Hadi, said the allied armed group was not yet ready to enter the fighting, and would only escalate operations against Israel in the event of Hamas’ complete defeat.
“Now is not the time,” Hadi said, according to NBC News. He added, “The red line for Hezbollah is the complete destruction of the resistance in Gaza.”
While Israeli forces exchanged fire with Hezbollah fighters along the Israeli-Lebanese border several times in recent weeks, the group’s second-in-command, Naim Qassem, said the clashes were merely… “In order to relieve pressure on Gaza.” Other senior officials declined to define Hezbollah’s “red line” for further intervention, saying its response would depend on Israel’s actions.
However, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, speaking on Saturday, indicated that the group was intensifying its activities after all, saying that there had been “promotion” In operations along its front with Israel.
He added: “There is a quantitative improvement in the number of operations, size and number of targets, as well as an increase in the type of weapons.” Nasrallah said, according to Reuters.
The Israeli army warned that Hezbollah would launch an attack “A huge mistake” It has intensified its attacks on Israeli forces, and claims to have killed nearly 80 of the group’s fighters in recent clashes.
During a visit to Israeli forces at the weekend, Defense Minister Yoav Galant announced this “Hezbollah is dragging Lebanon into a war that may occur.” addition If mistakes of this kind are committed, those who will pay the price are first and foremost the citizens of Lebanon. “What we do in Gaza, we know how to do in Beirut.”
The latest conflict in Gaza erupted following a deadly attack by Hamas on October 7, with Israel launching weeks of retaliatory air strikes and steadily escalating its ground incursion into the Palestinian enclave. About 1,200 people were killed in Israel, and more than 11,000 in Gaza, according to local officials.
Hezbollah and Israel have fought two major wars and a long list of smaller clashes since the 1980s. Israeli forces were forced to withdraw from Lebanon following the conflict in 2006. The group maintains a large presence in southern Lebanon, periodically clashing with Israeli forces patrolling the border.
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