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On January 8, the Israeli military dropped leaflets over the Druze town of Hader in the southern Syrian governorate of al-Quneitra, warning the residents from supporting Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
The Israeli military claimed that Hezbollah is planning to turn Hader into a stronghold for its fighters. In the leaflets, the group was also accused of spreading “drugs and poisons” in the Druze-majority governorate of al-Suwayda.
“Watch and learn,” the leaflets read. “Those cooperating with Hezbollah and working within its terrorist framework will be targeted.”
The Israeli military dropped leaflets over Syria’s southern region before. However, previous leaflets contained threats to military service members, not to civilians.
Earlier this week, the Israeli military dropped leaflets over Daraa with a direct threat to the commander of the 112th Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 1st Corps, Brigadier General Basil Abu Eid, who was accused of cooperating with Hezbollah.
The leaflets were dropped a few hours after Israeli strikes, which hit many targets including a building right next to Brig. Gen. Eid’s office.
The Israeli military has been attempting to intimidate SAA personnel and civilians in Syria’s southern region. On the other hand, these threats may backfire and fuel more hate against Israel.
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