Tension building on Lebanon´s border with Israel (WORLD TRIBUNE) NICOSIA 12/09/02)
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NICOSIA ó Mounting tensions on Lebanon´s southern border with Israel
have been accompanied by threats and shelling attacks by the Iranian-
backed Hizbullah and the banning by Israel of civil aviation in the
In addiiton,Lebanon plans to enforce its military draft amid rising
tensions along the southern border with Israel.
Hizbullah, which controls southern Lebanon, has launched repeated
anti-aircraft shelling of northern Israeli towns and cities, Middle
East Newsline reported.
Israeli military sources said Hizbullah has deployed an anti-aircraft
missile called Messenger-1. The shoulder-fired missile is said to
have a range of four kilometers.
Last week, Israeli authorities banned civil aviation from the Israeli-
Lebanese border until further notice. The authorities ordered civil
airplanes and helicopters to stay five kilometers from the border.
Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah warned that Israel plans
to attack Lebanon and Syria during any U.S.-led war against Iraq. He
said Hizbullah would help protect Lebanon.
"We smell in the Israeli media campaign about Hizbullah´s growing
firepower the smack of arrangements for a large-scale military
offensive in Lebanon and possibly against Syria," Nasrallah
said. "But the enemy must realize that the resistance has gained a
much bigger military potential than in 2000 and we look forward to a
greater victory that of the defeat of the Israeli occupation two
The Lebanese military has called on all 18-year-olds to report to
register for the draft within three months of their birthday. A
statement by the military´s high command warned that those who fail
to register would be classified as deserters.
The military statement said Lebanese teenagers can seek exemption
from the draft. But they said the decision would be taken by local
Lebanon has a one-year compulsory military service. It has been
largely ignored since the 1975 civil war and most of those who have
been drafted over the last decade were youngsters from poor families.
The military´s warning comes as tension continues to increase along
Lebanon´s border with Israel. The Iranian-backed (WORLDTRIBUNE.COM
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