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Israel raises state of security alert after Hezbollah's threats to target Karish gas field 

Supporters of Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, watch him speak through a giant screen at a mosque in the Lebanese capital Beirut's southern suburbs on 1 November 2019. [AFP via Getty Images]
Supporters of Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, watch him speak through a giant screen at a mosque in the Lebanese capital Beirut's southern suburbs on 1 November 2019 [AFP via Getty Images]

Israel has raised the state of alert and ordered its troops to prepare for any scenario following Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah's threats to target the offshore Karish gas drilling rig, Hebrew Walla news site said.

On Saturday, Nasrallah said Israel's extraction of gas from the Karish gas field before Lebanon obtained its rights is a "red line."

"We will not allow the extraction of oil and gas from the Karish field before Lebanon obtains its rightful demands…Zionist officials said the extraction from Karish will take place in September, but they postponed it. The important thing is that there is no extraction from the Karish field before Lebanon obtains its rightful demands;" Nasrallah told crowds gathered for the Arbaeen commemoration, which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for the seventh-century killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

"All enemy threats do not affect us or shake a hair from our beard. We give negotiations a chance, but our eyes and our missiles are on Karish," he added.

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