Israel's Defense Minister Yoav Gallant issued a stern warning to the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement, stating that if they initiate a war against Israel, Lebanon could face destruction similar to what is seen in Gaza.
According to Jerusalem Post, this warning follows a statement by Hezbollah's top leader, Hassan Nasrallah, who declared that the front at Lebanon's southern border with Israel would remain active.
Nasrallah also mentioned that Hezbollah has introduced new weapons against Israel, including the use of Burkan missiles capable of carrying 300 to 500 kilograms of explosives, and for the first time, drones for surveillance.
Recent weeks have seen clashes and battles between Hezbollah militants and Israeli forces.
Hezbollah has launched rockets across the border into Israel, which has responded in kind. The conflict has resulted in the death of at least 68 Hezbollah fighters and 11 civilians on the Lebanese side, and six soldiers and two civilians in northern Israel.
Nasrallah's speech, his second since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, which triggered an Israeli response of continuous airstrikes and a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, also included a call to Arab countries to work towards ending the siege of the Gaza Strip.
Both Hamas and Hezbollah are supported by Iran and are considered terrorist organizations by Israel.