Lebanese farmers and residents of Beirut suburbs attacked by drones at the weekend promised on Monday to stand their ground in any Israeli attack, amid elevated tensions between the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement and Israel.
Two drones dropped on Sunday in Beirut’s southern suburbs, which are governed by the heavily armed Hezbollah, prompting the organization to warn Israeli soldiers at the border to expect a response. President Michel Aoun on Monday compared the drone strikes to “a declaration of war.”
Though Israel has not claimed responsibility for the Beirut strike, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah described it as the first Israeli attack inside Lebanon since a one-month war his movement fought with Israel in 2006.
Workers cutting okra near the border with Israel in southern Lebanon hit a challenging tone on Monday.
Hassan Chalhoub, whose balcony in the Lebanese village of Kfarkila views the border, said he was assured that Hezbollah was more powerful than before and would protect the south.
The building of a Hezbollah media hub in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahyeh had its glass windows blown out by one of the two drones when it exploded.
Mohamad Sarawan, who operates a barbershop next to that building, stated he had not left his home during the 2006 warfare, and he would not “run away now.”
His customer Firas Darwiche stated he would additionally stay put. “At the end of the day… we die with our heads held high.”
The Dahyeh suburb was left in wrecks after the 2006 battle, during which 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 158 Israelis, primarily troopers, had been killed.