Some fear repeat of 34-day war in 2006
WASHINGTON – Lebanon is bracing for an attack from Israel if the Iranian-backed Hezbollah retaliates for an Israeli military helicopter strike last week on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.
The attack killed five Hezbollah fighters, including Jihad Imad Muganiyeh, 25, the son of Imad Muganiyeh, a top Hezbollah commander who was killed reportedly by Israelis in Syria in 2008.
There’s “lots of security and uniformed guys talking into their radios,” one resident in south Beirut – the Hezbollah stronghold – told WND.
Jihad Imad Muganiyeh, 25, son of the late top Hezbollah military commander Imad Muganiyeh
He said that one family he knows is “expecting the worst” and has moved his family to the mountains.
“People seem understandably nervous and some fear a repeat of July 2006, or worse,” he said.
The source added that if “things get crazy, I’m heading to the American University of Beirut,” which is far from the Hezbollah area of the city, near the U.S. Embassy.
In July 2006, Hezbollah and Israel waged a 34-day war that resulted in Israeli forces finally withdrawing from Lebanon but not before considerable damage had been caused the country.
Written by F. MICHAEL MALOOF
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