Israel Says If Hezbollah Tries To Respond To Attack, “New Phase” of Conflict Will Start

AI-Monitor | Asharq Al-Awsat

Israel is on high alert following the assassination of Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy leader of Hamas, in an Israeli drone strike in Beirut.

This significant operation has raised tensions in the region, with Israel now preparing for possible retaliatory actions from Hezbollah, including potential long-range rocket attacks.

The situation escalated after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s previous warning that any assassination on Lebanese soil would provoke a decisive response. This statement, made in August, has gained renewed relevance in light of the recent assassination.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has condemned the operation, labeling it a provocative act aimed at dragging Lebanon into a new phase of conflict.

The region now faces a critical juncture, as actions and reactions could potentially trigger a new phase of confrontation. Israel’s preparedness for possible retaliation underscores the complexity and volatility of the situation.

Related: Hamas Leader Killed In Beirut Was Meant To Meet Nasrallah Tomorrow

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