Israeli army rises alert near Lebanese border

Israeli troops along the Israeli-Lebanese border were on high alert on Tuesday over fears that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia will retaliate against recent Israeli attacks.

Under instructions issued by the army to its soldiers in the north, the movement of military vehicles was restricted along roads close to the border, citing fears that Hezbollah might attempt to harm Israeli forces.

“After an assessment, it was decided that the movement of certain military vehicles along several roadways would require individual approval, in accordance with the security situation,” the military notice said.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Home Front Command told civilians near the border to continue their daily routine with no precautions needed.

Tensions with Lebanon have been on the rise after two recent attacks. On Aug. 25, a Hezbollah official said that two Israeli drones crashed in Beirut.

According to Hezbollah, the drones caused damage to the building near Hezbollah’s communications center.

In response, Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed that his fighters will bring down any Israeli drone that violates Lebanese airspace.

Israel has not commented on the attacks but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a warning to Iran and Hezbollah.

In a public speech on Tuesday, Netanyahu said that he has heard Nasrallah’s threat, adding that Israel “knows how to defend itself and how to pay back its enemies.”

Israel and Hezbollah marked recently the 13th anniversary of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war. The 34-day bloody war, fought mostly on Lebanon’s land, ended with a fragile truce.

Since then, Israel has occasionally carried out airstrikes in Syria, claiming that they target weapons convoys to the Iran-backed militia.