Hezbollah involvement heats up Syrian civil war, IDF seeks to ‘cool the atmosphere’

(JNS.org) The civil war in Syria continued to spill over into Lebanon on Tuesday, with three Lebanese soldiers shot dead by gunmen on the porous border between the two countries.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, pictured, said that while Israel has sent messages that it will not permit advanced weapons to be transferred from Syria to Lebanon, “our inclination is to cool the atmosphere.”

According to reports in Lebanon, the unidentified gunmen crossed into Lebanon from Syria in a jeep and opened fire at a group of Lebanese soldiers on patrol. The gunmen fled back into Syria after the shooting.

Meanwhile, the head of the Free Syrian Army, Gen. Salem Idris, warned Hezbollah that it would face a harsh response if it did not cease its involvement in the fighting in Syria.

“If Hezbollah’s attacks [on] Syrian territory do not stop within 24 hours, we will take all measures to hunt Hezbollah, even in hell,” Idris said.

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday that while Israel has sent messages that it will not permit advanced weapons to be transferred from Syria to Lebanon, “our inclination is to cool the atmosphere,” Israel Hayom reported.

Posted on May 29, 2013 .