BEIRUT — Israeli military exercises are set to begin Sunday at the border between Lebanon and Israel, and will continue until Tuesday evening, according to Arabic-speaking Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee.
"During these exercises, movements of military vehicles will be observed and detonations may be heard in the area," Adraee warned Sunday morning on Twitter. "This exercise is part of the 2022 annual maneuvers plan," he added.
The exercises begin as a maritime demonstration takes place down the length of Lebanon's coast to demand the country's access to its full offshore oil and gas resources.
Since the arrival in early June of a gas platform in the marine gas field of Karish, part of which lies in offshore territory disputed between Lebanon and Israel, tensions between the country's have notched up. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has repeatedly threatened war, to which Israel has responded with threats of retaliation. Negotiations under the auspices of Washington are continuing in the meantime. According to the Lebanese press, the American envoy Amos Hochstein is expected in Beirut on Sept. 7 to convey to the authorities the Israeli response to the Lebanese claims on the maritime border.