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Israel eliminated a senior Hezbollah official, provoking a possible attack to Lebanon

Wissam al-Tawil, deputy unit commander of the Radwan force, Hezbollah's elite unit in Lebanon, was killed by an Israeli strike... Reports say that he and another Hezbollah fighter were killed when their car was hit in a strike in the Lebanese village of Majdal Selm.


"It's a very painful blow," one of the sources said. Another source said, "things will now heat up." Israeli shelling has killed more than 130 Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon since cross-border bombing began after Hamas attacked Israeli territory on October 7. Another 19 have been killed in Syria. Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel in two televised statements last week not to launch a full-scale war in Lebanon. "Anyone who contemplates war with us - in a word, will regret it," Nasrallah said.

Netanyahu: What we did in the south, we will do in the north

For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Monday with soldiers operating in northern Israel near the border with Lebanon, speaking of the importance of restoring security in the region after tens of thousands of people fled due to Hezbollah attacks. "We would like to achieve our goals here without a broad campaign, however nothing can stop us," the Israeli prime minister said.

At the same time, he sent messages to both Hezbollah and its own leader, Hassan Nasrallah. "They should not mess with us..." he warned, while referring to Nasrallah, he said that "he saw what happened to his friends in the south... the same will happen to them in the north. We will do everything to restore security here." Hezbollah and Israel have been exchanging fire along the border since October 7 - the deadliest clashes since the two sides fought a full-scale war in 2006.




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