Lebanon's Hezbollah accuses Israel of fabricating border clash

Tensions high in northern Israel, days after Hezbollah fighter killed in apparent Israeli air strike in Syria.

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    "The military is prepared for every scenario," he said. "We operate in all the arenas for Israel's defence - close to our borders and far from our borders.

    "Lebanon and Hezbollah will bear the responsibility for any attack from Lebanese territory."

    Netanyahu and Defence Minister Benny Gantz cut short meetings in parliament to meet military commanders at army headquarters in Tel Aviv.

    'Strategic threat'

    im????Following the killing of two Hezbollah members in Syria last August, Hassan Nasrallah, the group's leader, pledged that it would respond if Israel killed any more of its fighters in the country.

    im????Hezbollah deployed fighters in Syria as part of Iranian-backed efforts to support President Bashar al-Assad in the country's nine-year conflict.

    Israel sees the presence of Hezbollah and its ally Iran in Syria as a strategic threat, and has mounted hundreds of air raids on Iranian-linked targets there.

    The last exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel took place in September 2019, when the Lebanese armed group launched rockets across the southern border at an Israeli vehicle, and Israel responded by shelling border areas. There were no confirmed casualties.

    That attack came in response to an Israeli drone attack on Beirut's southern suburbs, a Hezbollah stronghold.

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    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News