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Lebanon: Hezbollah Leader Announces 'New Phase' in Fight Against Israel

1 MIN READSep 3, 2019 | 17:13 GMT

What Happened: Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has announced a "new phase" in the group's fight against Israel, including a willingness to shoot down Israeli drones after they enter Lebanese airspace, Reuters reported Sept. 2. Nasrallah's speech came after Hezbollah fired anti-tank missiles at an Israeli military outpost and an armored military ambulance on Sept. 1.

Why It Matters: Although Hezbollah and Israel seem interested in preventing a further escalation of their conflict by limiting their retaliatory measures, additional strikes deeper into either country's territory could prompt violent responses by the other side. Israel appears to be increasing the scope of its attacks against Iranian-linked assets across the Middle East, including in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

Background: Hezbollah signaled last week that it was planning to retaliate against Israel following strikes against the group in Syria and an alleged Israeli attempt to conduct a drone attack in southern Beirut.

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