Hezbollah says will respond with a surprise strike against Israel, but will avoid new war

epa07794660 Members of Iran backed armed group Kataib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) carry the coffin of their leader Abu Ali al-Debbi, who was killed in a drone attack a day earlier near the Iraqi western border with Syria, during a funeral procession in Baghdad, Iraq, 26 August 2019. Abu Ali al-Debbi, the chief of logistical support of Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades, was killed late 25 August 2019, near the western border with Syria in an Israeli drone strike in Al-Qaim while on a patrol near the Iraqi borders, Iraqi Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces said in a statement. EPA-EFE/MURTAJA LATEEF

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Hezbollah will respond with a “surprise” strike against Israel after drones crashed in Lebanon, but a new war remains unlikely, the Iran-backed movement said, amid heightened fears of a full-scale confrontation between the longtime adversaries.

“I rule out that the atmosphere is one of war, it is one of a response to an attack,” Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said in a TV interview on Tuesday night.

“Everything will be decided at its time.”

Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah is planning a “calculated strike” but seeks to avoid a new war with Israel, two sources allied to the Shiite group, which fought a deadly month-long war with Israel in 2006.

Meanwhile the Lebanese army said it opened fire at two of three Israeli drones that breached Lebanese airspace on Wednesday evening in the south of the country near the Israeli border, and all three returned to Israeli airspace.

They first entered Lebanese airspace at 19:35 and returned to Israel after shots were fired, the army statement said. A second drone returned to Israel without being fired at. The army fired at a third one which also returned back to Israel, it said.

Via GulfNews / Reuters 

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