Hezbollah has raised the alert level among its fighters due to maneuvers conducted by the Israel Defense Forces in northern Israel, London-based Arabic-language al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported Friday.
According to the report, the Shiite organization has instructed its men to take "general precautionary measures" for fear of a sudden Israeli attack targeting Hezbollah's headquarters and post.
An organization source told the newspaper, "Thanks to Israel we have gotten accustomed to aggression, and we have gotten Israel accustomed to be on guard and to being ambushed, and this is what we'll do."
The source refused to confirm or deny the reports that Hezbollah has raised its alert level, but the paper reported that the organization was on a heightened state of alert not only in southern Lebanon, but also on hills in eastern and western Lebanon overlooking the Lebanon Valley – Hezbollah's most important stronghold in the country.
According to the same report, the heightened state of alert among Hezbollah members does not include the organization's civilian centers and the workers in those centers are continuing their routine jobs.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat added that according to several reports, Syria has begun recruiting reserve forces, including among workers residing in Lebanon. According to the report, the laborers were requested to return to Syria and arrive at induction centers mentioned in the draft orders. The newspaper failed to get Damascus' response to this information and there is no official confirmation of this report from any other source.