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Israel escalation near Lebanese border could aim at Hezbollah: Source

Israeli military forces at Lebanon's southern border (file photo)

Israeli military forces have intensified military drills in the occupied territories of southern Lebanon, a move likely aimed at launching attacks on Hezbollah resistance movement, a security source says.

Amid reports of huge explosions in the border area, several of the Tel Aviv regime’s military patrols combed the Israeli-occupied section of Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms as their war planes flew sorties over the southern part of the country, local Daily Star news outlet cited a Lebanese security source as saying in a Monday report.

The loud blasts came from an area where Israeli army troops were carrying out military “training operations”, according to the source,

Additionally, a number of Israeli forces were detected while conducting surveillance and taking photographs of Lebanon’s southern border as Lebanese Army troops and United Nations UNIFIL peacekeepers in the Israeli-Lebanon border patrolled the al-Abad area of the town of Houla.

Last week, Israeli transport helicopters relocated the regime’s forces to the occupied portion of Syria's Golan Heights, located nearby, added the report, noting that the troops involved in the operation “were identified as members of the Israeli Nahshon Battalion” - an affiliate of Tel Aviv army’s newest Kfir Infantry Brigade.

The source further underlined that it was the first time members of the Israeli battalion were deployed along the Lebanese border, predicting that they would “likely be tasked with carrying out attack on Hezbollah positions” if a conflict breaks out, the report said.

Aftermath of a Hezbollah missile attack on an Israeli military convoy in southern Lebanon’s occupied Shebaa Farms (file photo)

On January 28, Hezbollah forces launched a surprise attack on an Israeli military convoy in Lebanon’s occupied Shebaa Farms, killing two officers and injuring eight more Israeli troops while destroying at least nine of their military vehicles.

Refuting claims by the Tel Aviv regime that the Hezbollah attack was in violation of a truce deal signed in 2006, Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement at the time arguing that the attack targeted Israeli troops inside the Lebanese territory.

Tensions have been on the rise in the area after an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian sector of the occupied Golan Heights killed six Hezbollah fighters and a top Iranian commander on January 18.

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