Hezbollah’s leader is warning that the terrorist organization is ‘fully prepared’ to join Hamas in its war against Israel.
Sheikh Naim Qassem addressed a throng of jubilant supporters waving Hezbollah and Palestinian flags and holding images of Israeli flags on fire.
He revealed that major powers, Arab nations, and the United Nations had ‘directly and indirectly’ warned Hezbollah ‘not to interfere’ in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
“Hezbollah knows its duties perfectly well,” he continued. “We are prepared and ready, fully ready, and we are following developments moment by moment.”
Despite the warnings, the leader of the potent Iran-backed Lebanese group – which has already clashed with Israeli forces in recent days – stated that his organization was ‘ready’ and would ‘contribute’ to confrontations with its southern neighbor.
A few hours after his remarks, the Israeli military warned residents of a village near the Lebanese border to stay indoors and secure their doors and windows, as an armed infiltration was suspected in the area.
The alert occurred in Hanita, 500 yards from the border and across from the Aalm El-Chaeb community in Lebanon. In response, Israel bombarded border villages in Lebanon.
Qassem’s remarks came as Israel’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant, described Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran as a ‘axis of evil’ this afternoon. Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas constitute a single, malevolent axis. Everything is generally determined in Iran,’ he said.
Israel has signaled that it will carry out a full-out ground invasion into Gaza following a barrage of rocket and mortar fire. It issued a 24-hour evacuation notice to those people still in Gaza on Friday morning.
The order precedes a feared Israeli ground offensive aimed at eradicating Hamas in the enclave, which the director of the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency described today as “rapidly degenerating into a hellhole on the verge of collapse.”
Meanwhile, Hamas reported that thirteen prisoners, including foreigners, were killed in five locations targeted by Israeli fighter aircraft. Israel rejected the allegations as “lies.”
Hamas terrorists have massacred at least 1,300 Israeli civilians in the south of the country.