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Israeli army intensifies patrols
along Lebanon border

Israeli troops patrol the Lebanese border. (AFP PHOTO / Mahmoud Zayyat)

BEIRUT - The Israeli army intensified its patrols near the border with Lebanon on Thursday, a day after Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah threatened to retaliate to a reported Israeli air raid, according to the National News Agency.

 

Armored vehicles and foot patrols were spotted in locations behind the southern Lebanese border, near Al-Wazzani, Al-Mtolle, and in the hills of Kfarshouba and Shebaa.

 

On Wednesday, Israeli troops along the border with Lebanon were on high alert after Hezbollah threatened action, army radio reported.

 

The threat came two days after Israeli warplanes reportedly struck a Hezbollah position in eastern Lebanon.

 

Hezbollah is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and its forces are fighting alongside the regime against rebel groups.

 

Israel has not acknowledged the raid, but officials have confirmed a general policy of interdicting suspected arms deliveries from Syria to Hezbollah.

Israeli troops patrol the Lebanese border. (AFP PHOTO / Mahmoud Zayyat)

Armored vehicles and foot patrols were spotted in locations behind the southern Lebanese border.