BREAKING NEWS: The IDF has launched a surprise large-scale drill in northern Israel. An entire division has been mobilized, and thousands of reservists have been called up. Besides a ground forces “drill”; extensive air force activity is underway.
Israel’s armed forces launched a snap division-scale drill along the full length of the Syrian and Lebanese borders Tuesday, April 30, with call-up orders for thousands of reservists.
The surprise Israeli military exercise and concentration of reserve units along the borders of Syria and Lebanon place the IDF, including its air and naval branches, at the ready for any repercussions from, or a role in, a potential American military operation against Syria.
The IDF is also at the ready for an attack on Hezbollah, as Israel claims that air defense rockets are being transferred to Hezbollah from Syria.
Meanwhile, London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper published statements by a Lebanese source claiming that Hezbollah is prepared for any military development.
According to the source, this is in light of the meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, a meeting in which the two coordinated their stances regarding support for Damascus.
The report stated that sources in Lebanon believed that a war would break out within six weeks, involving Lebanon, Syria and possibly Iran.
Israel Assassinates Gazan
Haytham al-Mishal, 24, was hit while riding a motorcycle. At least one other person was reportedly also injured. The Mujahedeen Shura Council which fired rockets at the southern Israeli city of Eilat two weeks ago said Mishal had been one of its members.
Hamas’ Health Ministry identified the militant as Haytham Al-Mishal, 24, a resident of the Shati refugee camp who worked in security at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza, Channel 10 said Mashal was a rocket-manufacuring expert and a member of the Aknaf Bet Al-Maqdes Global Jihad group, which fired rockets on Eilat earlier this month and on the western Negev region.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said Mishal was a weapons expert who had made rockets and bombs for different militant groups. It said Mishal had been involved in “extensive terror activity against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers”, including the to rockets recently fired at Eilat.
Netanyahu io9mplies that further attacks are coming on others he regards as involved in the recent rocket strikes, and these Salafi groups possibly including Islamic Jihad are expected to respond.