Operation Aqsa Flood, launched by Hamas, has spread to northern Israel and southern Lebanon, with attacks by Hezbollah.
While it is not yet clear whether Hezbollah will cross the border and support Hamas, Hezbollah sources tell Acta Fabula that Hezbollah has made a special call to some of its members around the world to come to Lebanon and that cadres have started to return to the country in compliance with this order.
On the same day that Foreign Minister of Iran Amir Abdollahian visited Beirut and held talks with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrullah. Also, the party’s second in command, Naim Qassem, told a rally in protest against Israel on the seventh day of the Hamas offensive that Hezbollah was fully prepared for war and would act when the time came.
Another Hezbollah source, who is lives in Security Square in Beirut’s Haret Hreik neighbourhood, known as party’s headquarters says that Hezbollah families are seriously worried about the destruction of this neighbourhood by Israel in the 2006 war and are now waiting with their suitcases ready to leave the capital.
“If war breaks out and Israel starts bombing Beirut, no one plans to stay here,” the source says, adding that life in Hezbollah-controlled neighbourhoods in southern Beirut continues as normal.
Another source close to Hezbollah says the party sent another order to its supporters and members asking them to respond to questions from people using foreign numbers who contacted them with the words “Everything is fine, everything is good, there is nothing bad“.
Open sources claim that Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi fighters had crossed into Lebanon via Syria and were waiting for Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas, an Iraqi militia, at his headquarters in the Sayyida Zaynab neighbourhood of the Syrian capital Damascus.
A Lebanese source, who lives near to the border with Israel, says that schools in the region have been cancelled as a security measure due to the fear of possible Israeli attacks in case Hezbollah enters the war, and that some families worried about the situation have left the southern region.
“Due to the risk of a possible conflict, some Lebanese have returned from holiday to the country,” the source adds.