Israel’s military, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Thursday announced it was sending reinforcements to the country’s northern border amid the threat of retaliation by the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah over the death of one of its fighters in Syria earlier this week.
The IDF said: “In light of a situational assessment that was held in the IDF, it was decided to send a pinpoint reinforcement of infantry troops to the Northern Command”.
They added that the reinforcement consisted of one battalion — the Golani Brigade’s 13th Battalion — and a small number of additional troops, who were being sent to the Northern Command’s Galilee Division.
Sources close to Hezbollah told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper this week that the terror group would likely respond to the death of its fighter, which took place on on Monday night.
On Tuesday, Hezbollah accused Israel of killing one of its members — Ali Kamel Mohsen Jawad — in an airstrike to the south of Damascus on Monday night, raising the possibility of retaliation against Israel.
The airstrike attributed to Israel on Monday night reportedly hit weapons depots and military positions belonging to Syrian regime forces and Iran-backed militia fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.