“Started destroying Israeli surveillance cameras”: Hezbollah group

News Desk: Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group said on Monday it has started destroying surveillance cameras on several Israeli army posts along the border as tension rose following the Israel-Hamas war that began October 7.

Hezbollah’s military media arm released a video showing snipers shooting at and destroying surveillance cameras placed on five points along the Lebanon-Israel border, including one outside the Israeli town of Metula.

The militant group appears to want to prevent the Israeli army from monitoring movements on the Lebanese side of the border after days of fire exchange that left at least seven people dead, including four Hezbollah fighters, on the Lebanese side.

Since the October 7, attack by the Palestinian militant Hamas group on southern Israel that killed more than 1,400 Israeli civilians and troops, tension has been on the rise along the Lebanon-Israel border. Hezbollah fighters fired anti-tank missiles on Israeli army positions and Israeli troops shelled border areas on the Lebanese side of the border.

Israel and Hezbollah are bitter enemies that fought a month-long war in the summer of 2006 that ended in a draw. Israel considers the Iran-backed Shia militant group its most serious immediate threat, estimating that Hezbollah has some 150,000 rockets aimed at Israel.

There are concerns that the powerful Hezbollah could join the war with Israel and earlier this month, President Joe Biden warned other players in West Asia not to join the conflict and has sent American warships to the region and vowed full support for Israel.

Hezbollah legislator Hassan Fadlallah said Sunday that the group is ready for all possibilities adding, “We don’t want to reveal what the next step is.” He said Hezbollah’s next step “is tied to what is going on in Gaza”