Hezbollah, the Shiite organization in Lebanon known for its strong connections to Iran, has issued a significant warning in response to Israel's ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip. They have declared that if Israel persists in its military actions, they will escalate their attacks on Israel's border regions and target US military bases in the Middle East, leading to a potential "full-scale confrontation." In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Naim Kassem, the deputy secretary general of Hezbollah, clarified that their involvement in the conflict aims to alleviate the pressure on Gaza.
He emphasized that Hezbollah's increasing attacks on Israel serve as a clear message to the Israeli leadership regarding the grave consequences of expanding their ground operations in Gaza. Kassem issued a stern warning, stating: "If Israel and the US persist in their aggressive actions, escalate hostilities, and exacerbate the situation, it will inevitably result in a full-scale confrontation."
Hezbollah has been intensively arming itself since the end of 2006 and possesses thousands of modern ballistic missiles
Recent developments in the border areas have triggered growing concerns among international bodies, including the United Nations Interim Peacekeeping Force in Lebanon.
On November 6, a spokesperson for the organization expressed deep apprehension over the rising number of civilian casualties in sporadic clashes between Hezbollah and Israel. They cautioned that hostilities are rapidly spiraling out of control in the region.
The last major conflict between Hezbollah and the Israeli army occurred in 2006. In the aftermath of that conflict, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1701, which established a ceasefire in the border zone.
This ceasefire is currently upheld by a multinational force of 12,000 peacekeepers representing 36 countries, acting as a critical buffer to prevent further escalation and conflict in the region. The situation remains highly delicate, with the specter of a return to full-scale conflict looming if hostilities continue to intensify.
The international community is closely monitoring the situation, hoping for a peaceful resolution to the escalating tensions.