Israel, Hezbollah on brink of ‘full-scale war’; pressure on PM Netanyahu to secure border

Israel and Hezbollah are on the brink of a full-scale war, increasing pressure on Netanyahu's government. Hezbollah opened a battlefront on October 8, leading to escalating tensions.

Written By Alka Jain
Published6 Jun 2024, 06:48 AM IST
Smoke rises above Lebanon, following an Israeli strike, amid ongoing cross-border hostilities between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, as seen from Israel's border with Lebanon in northern Israel, May 5, 2024. (Reuters)
Smoke rises above Lebanon, following an Israeli strike, amid ongoing cross-border hostilities between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, as seen from Israel’s border with Lebanon in northern Israel, May 5, 2024. (Reuters)

Israel and Hezbollah are edging closer to a full-scale war after months of escalating tensions with the Lebanese militant group, increasing the pressure on the Netanyahu government to secure its northern border, according to a report published by The Wall Street Journal. 

Hezbollah, a US-designated terrorist organization closely aligned with Iran, opened a battlefront with Israel on October 8, one day after the deadly Hamas-led raid inside Israel triggered the current war in Gaza.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel was prepared for a “very intense operation” along the border with Lebanon. “One way or another, we will restore security to the north,” he said as quoted by AFP. 

Following this, Washington seemed to caution Israel against taking action, with the State Department stating that any "escalation" would jeopardize Israeli security.

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said, “We don't want to see that escalation of the conflict which would just lead to further loss of life from both Israelis and the Lebanese people and would greatly harm Israel's overall security and stability in the region."

On June 5, a gunman who attacked the U.S. embassy near Beirut was shot and captured by Lebanese soldiers after a morning shootout that injured an embassy security guard, the military and embassy officials said as quoted by AP. 

The attack took place as tensions simmered in the tiny Mediterranean country, where months of fighting between Hezbollah militants and Israeli troops has displaced thousands along the border, following years of political deadlock and economic hardship.

The United Nations, meanwhile, expressed its concern about tensions along the border and called on all parties to de-escalate. 

The Hezbollah militant group, with support from the Hamas militant group in Palestine, initiated hostilities with Israel following the October 7 terrorist attack that killed over 1,200 Israeli civilians. They have since launched attacks on Israeli military installations in southern Lebanon.

Additionally, they have confirmed to continue attacking the Israeli army in support of Hamas, with near-daily cross-border fire exchanged with the Israeli forces since October 7.

 

(With input from agencies)

Catch all the Budget News , Business News , Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates.

MoreLess
First Published:6 Jun 2024, 06:48 AM IST
HomeNewsWorldIsrael, Hezbollah on brink of ‘full-scale war’; pressure on PM Netanyahu to secure border

Get Instant Loan up to ₹10 Lakh!

  • Employment Type

    Most Active Stocks

    Bharat Electronics

    301.50
    03:56 PM | 23 JUL 2024
    -11.1 (-3.55%)

    Tata Steel

    160.05
    03:58 PM | 23 JUL 2024
    -0.3 (-0.19%)

    Tata Power

    416.35
    03:58 PM | 23 JUL 2024
    -7.9 (-1.86%)

    NTPC

    382.35
    03:58 PM | 23 JUL 2024
    8.8 (2.36%)
    More Active Stocks

    Market Snapshot

    • Top Gainers
    • Top Losers
    • 52 Week High

    Network 18 Media & Investments

    85.30
    03:59 PM | 23 JUL 2024
    7.2 (9.22%)

    Asahi India Glass

    699.50
    03:29 PM | 23 JUL 2024
    55.15 (8.56%)

    CE Info Systems

    2,455.50
    03:59 PM | 23 JUL 2024
    193.45 (8.55%)

    Borosil Renewables

    518.25
    03:49 PM | 23 JUL 2024
    39.35 (8.22%)
    More from Top Gainers

    Recommended For You

      More Recommendations

      Gold Prices

      • 24K
      • 22K
      Bangalore
      75,195.00-315.00
      Chennai
      75,122.00-535.00
      Delhi
      75,048.00-169.00
      Kolkata
      75,561.00417.00

      Fuel Price

      • Petrol
      • Diesel
      Bangalore
      102.86/L0.00
      Chennai
      100.75/L-0.23
      Kolkata
      104.95/L0.00
      New Delhi
      94.72/L0.00
      OPEN IN APP
      HomeMarketsPremiumInstant LoanBudget