After two Hezbollah members were killed in Damascus in August 2019, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah vowed the group would respond if Israel killed any more of its fighters inside Syria. Following the airstrike, the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights was hit by explosives fired from Syria on Friday. The IDF said it was responding to "munitions" being fired from Syrian territory controlled by Damascus at Israel.
He said Lebanon and Syria "bear responsibility for any attack against Israel emanating from their territories".
"Hezbollah needs to know that it is playing with fire".
"We have some tense days ahead", he said, adding it was possible that more attacks were forthcoming. Israel, which has neither confirmed nor denied it carried out the strike in the early hours of last Monday, had warned Hezbollah not to retaliate.
After battling Israel to a stalemate during a monthlong war in 2006, Hezbollah is believed to be far stronger today.
The source explained that Israel had sent Hezbollah what it described as a warning against the consequences of a military retaliation. The group also has gained valuable battlefield experience by fighting alongside Iranian troops backing the forces of President Bashar Assad in the Syrian civil war.
Israel sees the presence of Hezbollah and its ally Iran in Syria as a strategic threat and has mounted hundreds of raids on Iran-linked targets there.
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Monday's incident occurred in an area known as Chebaa Farms, an area captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by Lebanon.
Israeli defense officials scoffed at the terror group's denial, saying the infiltration attempt was filmed by military security cameras and that the operatives who took part in it were armed.
Israel said it repelled an attempt by "terrorists" to penetrate its territory, opening fire on the gunmen just after they crossed the frontier with Lebanon.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) did not provide immediate details of the incident. Most of the Israeli civilians were ordered to remain indoors amid the heaving fighting between the bitter rivals in almost a year. Later Monday, the restrictions were lifted.
Last week, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), said Hezbollah would be mistaken to try and take on Israel in a military conflict during a special briefing in Dubai.
"Everything that the Zionist enemy claims about the neutralization of operation from the Lebanese lands is an attempt to achieve an imaginary and false victory".
Hezbollah seeks Lebanon's strength and independence, Sheikh Qassem said, adding that the party's popularity, not military power, enabled it to be represented effectively in the parliament and the government.