Hezbollah Says, 'What, Us Worry?'

While the Lebanese Hezbollah movement and Israel have gradually escalated their cross-border attacks, the situation has been relatively under control, with a full-scale war being averted — so far.

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This delicate balancing act however may be facing its toughest test yet since the onset of the latest round of hostilities. This would include the killing of Taleb Abdullah — reportedly the highest ranking commander killed since Oct. 7 — in a blast overnight Wednesday. Hezbollah has responded by sending a barrage of missiles into Northern Gaza, according to reports.

Up until now Hezbollah officials have maintained that major escalation remains unlikely. Washington for its part is continuing its efforts to keep the situation under control.


Hezbollah plays down likelihood of full-scale conflict

Officials from the Shiite group argue that an all-out war on the Lebanese-Israeli front remains unlikely notwithstanding the latest Israeli threats. According to a Hezbollah representative who spoke to RS on condition of anonymity, recent statements out of Israel reflect bluster more than an imminent change of strategy towards a more expansive military operation.

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