Lebanon’s armed forces told to be ready to deal with a potential attack from Israel

The commander of Lebanon’s armed forces instructed his troops, which are celebrating recent victories against jihadi groups on the country’s restive eastern border with Syria, to be fully ready to deal with a potential attack from Israel, Newsweek reports.

Lebanese paramilitary group Hezbollah were recently condemned by the Arab League, as an Iran-backed ‘terrorist organisation’.

“It’s nonsense,” a senior Israeli official, who requested anonymity, told Reuters in response to Lebanon’s army commander General Joseph Aoun urging “full readiness” at the southern border to face “threats of the Israeli enemy and its violations.” Separately, the Israeli military said it had been holding a drill near Israel’s border with Syria since Sunday.