Saturday, February 16, 2008

50,000 Hezbollahis in State of High Alert

Assafir Daily - Translated by Al-Manar

The Lebanese newspaper Assafir reported Saturday that the Hezbollah has put 50,000 of its resistance fighters in a state of high alert and evacuated all buildings in the area designated for social or political purposes in recent days. Hezbollah vowed to retaliate the assassination of it resistance commander Imad Moghniyeh who was killed in Damascus by Mossad agents. Israel has denied any involvement.

Meanwhile, another Lebanese newspaper, Al-Akhbar, reported that Lebanese officials believe a serious military confrontation with Israel will erupt in the near future. "This possibility has been raised in intensive discussions being held between Hezbollah officials and Iranian and Syrian officials. The various militant Palestinian organizations have also declared a state of high alert," the report added.
In the meanwhile. Olmert seems to be planning to "declare dead" the two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah (thereby further outraging the Israeli public and opening the door for a total war on Hezbollah), Hamas reveals that Abbas attempted to kill Haniyeh and Israel is going on high alert.

A war could be imminent.