Israel troops near Lebanon are on full alert, security source says
The Israeli army has raised its alert level on the border with Lebanon on the occasion of the first anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah commander Imad Mughaniyeh, a Lebanese security source in southern Lebanon said Thursday.
"Israeli troops were seen heavily patrolling the Lebanese border," the source said, dpa reported.
Mughaniyeh was killed in a car bomb blast in Damascus on February 12, 2008, an attack which Hezbollah blamed on Israel and vowed revenge for.
Mughaniyeh was one of the world's most wanted and elusive terrorists. He was killed nearly 15 years after dropping almost entirely from sight.
The one-time Hezbollah security chief was implicated in attacks that killed hundreds of Americans in Lebanon in the 1980s, a string of kidnappings of foreigners in Lebanon in that same period, and bombings of Jewish sites in Argentina.Hezbollah is organizing a huge rally in Beirut's southern suburbs, to mark his death on February 16, during which the movement's secretary general Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah is scheduled to speak.