VIDEO - After seizing control of the Maroun al-Ras village in south Lebanon, the next phase in the IDF’s ground operation in Lebanon is set to begin. Israeli forces are expected to slowly tighten their grip on villages in the area while implementing the lessons learned from Maroun al-Ras. The special forces will focus on the more problematic villages such as Bint Jbeil, which is dubbed “Hizbullah’s capital in southern Lebanon.” Paratroop and Golani battalions, accompanied by armored corps forces and air cover, have started advancing in the direction of the south Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil early Monday morning. A senior IAF official said that helicopters and warplanes accompanied the forces' movement on the ground and fired at the area before and during the invasion. The air force has also provided the troops on the ground with intelligence. The officer added that the IAF is continuing to target Hizbullah leaders and the organization's command and control abilities. He noted that the force struck on Sunday several bikers that were operating as Hizbullah's delivery people. In light of the rocket attacks on Haifa Sunday, the officer said, IAF jets operated at the Dahiya neighborhood in Beirut again, and targeted dozens of Hizbullah structures. During the night IDF forces have captured two Hizbullah members in the village of Maroun al-Ras north of the border community of Avivim. The IDF ground forces have a number of advantages: They are larger in numbers and are backed by intelligence and IAF choppers that will accompany the troops and open fire at any suspicious figure from above. However, army officials said they believe Hizbullah will not stand idly by. “But our soldiers know how to do the job,” a senior officer said. It is estimated that a few thousand Lebanese remain in the area the IDF plans to seize control over, including a few hundred Hizbullah members. The operation, titled “Steel webs” as a response to Hizbullah Chief Hassan Nasrallah’s reference to Israel as a “spider web,” is aimed not only at damaging the terror group’s weapons caches and infrastructure but also at hurting Hizbullah’s morale. Army reinforcing forces along the border (Photo: Reuters) “After six years it is time to show our strength – both militarily and as far as our stamina is concerned,” one senior IDF officer said. The army has been reinforcing its forces along the border, but it has no intention of dragging other countries into the conflict, despite the fact that some of them have increased their alert levels. As of late Hizbullah has boosted the activity of its overseas operations unit, which works in cooperation with Iranian elements however, it is estimated that an attack on an Israeli target abroad or a rocket attack on Tel Aviv will be carried out only under extreme circumstances. Meanwhile, the aerial attacks on Lebanon are continuing in the past 24 hours the Air Force has struck more than 120 Hizbullah targets, including 80 rocket launching pads and the Al-Manar TV station. The IAF has also been targeting launchers used to fire rockets at northern Israeli communities and structures used as terrorist hideouts or to store weapons in.