Israel’s Alleged Plan to ‘Declare War’ Sends Lebanon into Panic

A report on social media on Saturday by a reporter from the Lebanese Al-Manar network, affiliated with Hezbollah, allegedly quoted Israeli media and claimed that the Israeli government will declare war with Lebanon within hours, Maariv reported.

Israeli media, Maariv said, did not report such news, but the warnings in the Arab media are causing concern in Lebanon.

The head of the Hezbollah faction in the Lebanese parliament, Mohammad Raad, warned Israel against attacking. During a memorial service for one of Hezbollah’s terrorists, Raad stated that Lebanon’s security is top priority and that Hezbollah is well prepared for war. He also warned that in an all-out war, Israel would “taste the extension of its arm.”

Rumors start amid escalation of rocket attacks in Israel’s north

Anti-tank missiles resumed fire on Israel’s north after rocket sirens were activated in the settlement of Shlomi. A fall was detected in an open area, but no injuries or damage have been reported so far. Alerts were later activated in other settlements for fear of a hostile aircraft infiltration.

These renewed attacks came after at least four Hezbollah terrorists were killed in IDF strikes in the town of Beit Leaf in southern Lebanon on Friday night. Throughout Saturday evening, a large number of rocket sirens were heard in Israel’s northern region, including in several settlements.

Israeli artillery near the Israeli border with Lebanon, northern Israel, January 15, 2024 (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

“IDF warplanes attacked two operational infrastructures where the operatives of the terrorist organization Hezbollah were located, which was in the village of Beit Leaf and a military structure in the area of ​​the village of Deir Ams in southern Lebanon,” a military spokesperson said in response to the sequence of events.