IDF build-up continues along the northern borders as tensions with Hezbollah rise
The IDF has been on extremely high alert this week over concerns that Hezbollah terror group will retaliate following the Israeli airstrikes against Iranian-linked targets in Syria and a drone attack in the Beirut stronghold of Hezbollah earlier this week.
Residents in northern Israel posted on social media photos and videos of IDF tanks and military hardware heading toward the northern borders on Saturday morning.
It’s currently unclear if this is standard transportation of equipment or additional.
Hezbollah-affiliated propaganda channel al-Maydeen reports that the IDF has positioned assets on the border for them to attack and “remove this tension” but Hezbollah has “the response in hand”.
According to reports, a Hezbollah “photo-team” was spotted heading towards the border last night. The IDF spotted them and launched flares.
Yesterday, residents of the northern village of Ghajar, located near the border with Lebanon, complained that the IDF had closed the main road to the village. The road was closed since Thursday afternoon and they were requested to use alternative routes.
Village residents said they had been told to stay inside their homes, except in emergency situations.
The Northern Command on Thursday canceled all leave for combat brigades on the northern border. Hours earlier, the IDF commander in the north warned Israel would offer a “harsh” response to any Hezbollah attack.
“If an IDF soldier is so much as scratched, our response will be harsh,” Baram said.
The freeze on soldiers’ leave in the north will be in effect until further notice, the IDF said.
On Wednesday night, the Lebanese army fired at two drones hovering near the Israeli-Lebanese border.