Report: Hezbollah on High Alert Over Concern Israel 'Preparing Something for Us'

Israel offered evidence of what it says is a growing threat from Hezbollah in southern Lebanon; Hezbollah says wants to avoid confrontation, Asharq al-Awsat reports.

Hezbollah warned on Saturday that Israel was preparing "something" in Lebanon and that the organization has been on high alert since Israel released aerial images to highlight the militant group's activities close to the Israeli border earlier this week, the London-based Arabic language daily Asharq al-Awsat reported.

Hezbollah youth holding Katyushas near Nasrallah portrait
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On Wednesday, Israel offered evidence of what it says is a growing threat from Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

In a briefing to journalists, Israel Defense Forces Colonel Ronen Marley revealed previously classified photographs to show what he said was a unit of 90 Hezbollah militants operating in the village of Al-Hiyam, where they were storing weapons close to hospitals and schools.

The Hezbollah official told Asharq al-Awsat that they were concerned that Israel was "preparing something for us" and added that they would act with restraint.

"We want to avoid heated political debates because we want the summer season to be perfect for the Lebanese despite Israeli attempts to execute what it failed to achieve in 2006," Asharq al-Awsat quoted the Hezbollah official.

"We are sensing suspicious international activity, especially after Israeli chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi's recent statements, all aimed at pressuring the Resistance," the sources stressed.