Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, a group designated as a terrorist organization by several countries including the United States, has announced the introduction of new weapons in the ongoing conflict along the Lebanon-Israel border.
This development adds a new dimension to the already tense situation in the region. Nasrallah's declaration came amidst escalating hostilities, with Hezbollah intensifying its operations against Israel. In a significant escalation, Nasrallah revealed that Hezbollah has acquired a missile equipped with a heavy warhead, potentially increasing the lethality of their attacks.
He emphasized the group's intent to continue using the Lebanon-Israel border as a pressure point against Israel.
Hezbollah's Operations and Israeli Response
The situation along Lebanon’s southern border has seen a notable increase in hostilities in recent days.
Following an Israeli strike in central Syria that killed seven Hezbollah fighters, the group launched three suicide drones towards northern Israel. While Nasrallah did not claim responsibility for a recent drone attack on the Israeli Red Sea town of Eilat, he praised it as “a great achievement”.
Nasrallah also criticized the United States for its support of Israel during the Israel-Hamas war. He accused the U.S. of being the only power capable of halting Israel's offensive in Gaza but failing to do so. Nasrallah linked the ongoing attacks on U.S.
troops in Iraq and Syria to the conflict in Gaza, stating that these would continue until the war ends. Hezbollah's recent actions include attacks on at least three Israeli posts and an infantry unit, with claims of direct hits.
Nasrallah specifically mentioned the use of the Burkan rocket against an Israeli military post. This rocket, capable of carrying a warhead weighing between 300 to 500 kilograms, represents a significant upgrade in Hezbollah's offensive capabilities.
“You can imagine (what happens) when half a ton of explosives fall on Israeli posts,” Nasrallah said, underscoring the potential impact of these weapons. In response, the Israeli military conducted airstrikes targeting Hezbollah infrastructure in Lebanon.
These strikes targeted military posts, weapons depots, and intelligence infrastructure. In one of the deepest strikes since the recent escalation, Israel’s air force attacked a truck in the coastal town of Zahrani, approximately 40 kilometers north of the border.
The intensification of hostilities at the Lebanon-Israel border, marked by Hezbollah's introduction of new weaponry and the Israeli military's retaliatory strikes, signals a concerning escalation in the conflict, with potentially far-reaching implications for regional stability.