Hezbollah, the Lebanese movement, conducted military exercises near the Israeli border, showcasing its military power through simulated raids and displaying a range of weapons, in what is considered its largest demonstration of strength in years.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement recently conducted military exercises near the country’s southern border with Israel to demonstrate its military capabilities. Approximately 200 Hezbollah fighters participated in the exercises using live ammunition and an attack drone. The drills, held in Aaramta, included simulated raids involving sniper and drone attacks against Israeli targets, as well as attacks across a mock border. Hezbollah showcased a range of heavy and light arms, such as anti-aircraft weapons, rocket launchers, and rocket-propelled grenades. A senior Hezbollah official warned that they possess precision missiles and other weapons in response to any provocative actions by Israel. The Israeli military did not comment on the event. The exercises were seen as a symbolic show of strength and may have been prompted by recent events, including the escalation in Gaza and the Israeli nationalist march in occupied East Jerusalem. Hezbollah was established in 1982 to fight the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon and justifies maintaining its weapons as a means to resist Israel. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon acts as a buffer between Lebanon and Israel, but the border still experiences occasional skirmishes.