- Fears for Middle East War as Israeli Troops Put on High Alert After Lebanese President Declares Airstrikes a ‘Declaration of War’
by FEARS have been sparked of a renewed conflict in the Middle East after Lebanon’s president called Israeli airstrikes inside the country a “declaration of war”. The strikes are thought to have been a warning to Hezbollah in Lebanon as well as Palestinian allies in Iran and Syria.
Just hours earlier, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah had issued an angry reaction to an incident on Sunday, when two small drones thought to be Israeli hit a building housing a Hezbollah media centre in a southern suburb of Beirut. He said the devices had been sent on a “suicide mission”, adding: “Hezbollah will not allow such an aggression. “The time when Israeli aircraft come and bombard parts of Lebanon is over.”
The Israeli strikes were the first attacks by Israel inside Lebanon in 13 years. The strikes hit a base belonging to a militant Palestinian splinter faction in the in the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syrian border. No-one was reported killed the attacks.