|Journalist Hassan Aleeq of al-Akhbar (center)|
The report penned by journalist Hassan Aleeq makes the front-page of al-Akhbar.
The newspaper speaks for the so-called “Axis of Resistance” grouping Syria, Iran and Hezbollah.
Hezbollah’s own al-Manar portal reproduces the report with a footnote saying, “Al-Manar is not responsible for the wording and content of the article, which expresses the point of view of the author.”
“During the past hours,” Aleeq writes, “a state of alert was declared in the ranks of Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
“Obviously, the state of alert does not cover all their military units, whose state of preparedness has been raised in anticipation of any masked Israeli folly.
“What was placed on red alert, however, are those (units) experienced in smuggling arms from Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Sudan, (and elsewhere) to Egypt (specifically Sinai) and on to the Gaza Strip.
“That’s the well-known route, but there are other ways of delivering what should be placed in the hands of the Resistance in Gaza.”
Aleeq says the focus now is on channeling a large number of long-range missiles to Hamas-ruled Gaza.
Accordingly, “an adequate number of available long-range missiles” have already reached the Gaza Strip.
“Those familiar with the modus operandi of the Resistance in Lebanon and Palestine,” writes Aleeq, “are emphatic supply lines won’t stop either during the aggression or after its cessation.
“…Ultimately, [Hezbollah] in Lebanon and its backers are aware the war raging in Gaza these days is aimed against it as well. That’s why [Hezbollah] will spare no effort to convey all available weapons where they need to reach.”
Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, widening a blistering assault on militant rocket operations.
The new attacks followed Gaza’s unprecedented rocket strikes aimed at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
In the latest round of the conflict – triggered by Israel’s assassination of Hamas’ military chief, Ahmed al-Jaabari, on Wednesday -- the Gazans have used a rocket that can strike at Israel's heartland. This is the Fajr-5, developed by Iran and also supplied to Hezbollah. It has a range of up to 75 kilometers, which means it can hit central Israel.
By mid-day Saturday, 39 Palestinians including 13 civilians and three Israeli civilians have been killed since the Israeli operation began.