Overnight Scare of Attack on Lebanon Border – False Alarm
Jerusalem, 29 July, 2020 (TPS) -- Alarms set off on Israel’s border with Lebanon on Tuesday night following a fear that a Hezbollah cell had infiltrated into Israel proved to be a false alarm.
The IDF initially stated that “a number of suspects were identified in the Western Galilee region near the border fence with Lebanon. The incident is under surveillance by IDF forces.”
Residents in the area were ordered to enter their homes, civilian security teams were deployed, and residents reported hearing gunfire.
After about two hours, the IDF stated that “after scanning the area, it was found that there was no intrusion into the territory of the State of Israel.”
IDF forces deployed along Israel’s border with Lebanon remained on high alert Wednesday after thwarting an attack by the Hezbollah terror organization on Monday and following threats by the group that more was to come.
“We have complex and tense days ahead of us. We continue to work to protect the sector,” the IDF stated after the incident.
Hezbollah will carry out its terror attack against IDF forces before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Friday, Israeli military sources estimate.
The IDF stated Tuesday afternoon that “in accordance with the assessment of the situation in the IDF, it was decided to reinforce the Northern Command with advanced fire systems, intelligence capabilities and special units.”
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a security assessment and briefing with IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, GOC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Amir Baram, GOC Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Tamir Hayman, GOC Operations Maj.-Gen. Aharon Haliva and other senior officials at IDF Northern Command headquarters.
Netanyahu again warned that he does “not suggest that anybody try the IDF or the State of Israel. We are determined to defend ourselves.”
“We will do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves and I suggest that Hezbollah consider this simple fact. Israel is ready for any scenario,” he said.