Israel raises security alert after threats from Hezbollah to attack Karish gas field

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Israel has raised its state of alert and ordered its troops to prepare for any scenario following Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah’s threats to launch the offshore Karish gas drilling rig, Hebrew Walla news site said.

On Saturday, Nasrallah said Israel’s extraction of gas from the Karish gas field before Lebanon obtained its rights is a “red line.”

“We will not allow the extraction of oil and gas from the Karish field until Lebanon gets its rightful demands… Zionist officials said the extraction from Karish will take place in September, but they have postponed it. The important thing is that there will be no extraction from the Karish field until Lebanon obtains its rightful demands;” Nasrallah told the crowds gathered for the Arbaeen memorial, which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for the seventh-century murder of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

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“All enemy threats do not hit us and do not shake a hair from our beards. We are giving the negotiations a chance, but our eyes and our missiles are on Karish,” he added.

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