JERUSALEM, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Israel's military chief said on Tuesday that
the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is closely monitoring the situation along the
border with Lebanon but no eruption of hostilities is expected on this front,
local daily Ha'aretz reported.
Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi made the remarks during a visit to
the IDF's main induction center.
"At the moment, there is quiet all along the border," Ashkenazi was quoted
as telling recruits of the Kfir infantry brigade, "there was an incident which
to our understanding was an explosion of a weapon cache belonging to Hezbollah,
which is being handled by the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
and the Lebanese government."
"We view the event with gravity, but we do not anticipate a disruption of
quiet in the area," said the Israeli army chief.
Israeli officials have recently expressed apprehension over events in
southern Lebanon which suggest that Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite armed group
with whom Israel fought a war in the summer of 2006, is seeking to provoke
another round of conflict.
On Monday, Israeli officials said that they believe Hezbollah will try to
escalate the tension on the border by organizing civilian demonstrations and
protests in the Har Dov region along Israel's border with Lebanon, as it did
about a week ago, as part of an effort to launch a popular uprising against
Israel has warned Beirut through the United Nations that it would be held
responsible for any hostile action launched from Lebanese territory, according