Lebanon crisis is adding to tensions along the border with Israel

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Israel and Lebanon exchanged rocket fire last week after two suspects crossed into northern Israel from Lebanon, sparking an hours-long manhunt. The two men turned out to be African immigrants, but tensions remain high along the border.

“We observe everything that happens on the Lebanese side, especially if there are attempts to enter Israeli territory to smuggle weapons, drugs and terrorist activities,” said Israeli captain Simon, who did not give his last name and did not show his face. . being filmed for being part of an Israeli surveillance unit.

“This unit is the first to issue a warning so that the special forces and infantry can intervene,” he said.

Israeli forces have thwarted several infiltration attempts in recent weeks. The crisis in Lebanon is only making things more unpredictable.

“We assume that there is a connection between Hezbollah and the smuggling that has recently taken place,” said Captain Simon. “We are also seeing, with the situation in Lebanon, an increase in arms and drug smuggling.”

Israel is also tracking tunnels dug by the Shia Islamist group with the aim of infiltrating Israel.

“There is no doubt that the next war will be very difficult. This is something we take very seriously,” said another Israeli army officer, Major David.

Israel estimates that in the event of war, Hezbollah will have the capacity to fire 3,000 rockets a day at Israel.

Click on the video player above to watch Irris Makler’s full report from FRANCE 24.