On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian cautioned that preemptive measures against the Israeli military might be anticipated “in the coming hours,” in response to its airstrikes on Gaza, as reported by Iranian state media.
The current military situation in the region, prompted by Hamas’s October 7 attack on southern Israel, has caused concern that the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror organization could initiate a northern front in the conflict.
In addition to Israel having to fight on two fronts in the event of Hezbollah’s participation, there is the added concern of even more actors such as ISIS, or West Bank organizations becoming embroiled against Israel in the conflict.
Hezbollah has traditionally been viewed by Israel as being significantly more militarily capable than their Hamas allies.
Currently, there have been reports of small arms skirmishing between Hezbollah and IDF forces along Israel’s border with Lebanon. Media reports in Israel have stated that at least five Israeli soldiers have been killed in these exchanges.
Also on Monday, Israel’s defense ministry ordered an evacuation of all civilians within 2km of the Lebanese border.
The regime in Tehran has praised the attacks on Israel but has so far denied any knowledge of or participation in them.