Escalation on Israel's Border with Lebanon

(Ha'aretz) Amos Harel - Initial reports suggest that Hizbullah remotely detonated a cluster of explosive devices it had planted, after spotting an IDF bomb disposal squad trying to disarm them. Since August 2013, there have been 11 incidents in the area involving rockets, small arms fire and explosive devices. Some have involved Lebanese Army soldiers, and Palestinian organizations identified with opponents of Hizbullah. The escalation on Israel's border with Lebanon is connected to larger processes in the region. A few months after the Syrian civil war began in 2011, the Assad regime in Damascus stepped up its smuggling of weapons to Hizbullah in Lebanon, in return for its help in fighting opposition forces in Syria.

2014-10-08 00:00:00

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