Tensions between Israel and its northern neighbours have risen once again, stirring fears of another military confrontation between the Lebanon-based Hezbollah armed group and the Israeli army.
While the border region has remained restive since the 2006 war between the two sides and the discussion of another conflict has become almost constant, a series of recent developments have renewed such worries.
On Thursday, the Syrian state news agency reported an attack by Israeli jets on a military facility in western Syria, killing two people.
Though Israel did not claim responsibility for the attack, a former major general, Yaakov Amidror, told Israel's largest radio station, the Army Radio, that the attack was an effort to weaken Iran and Hezbollah, who operate in Syria.
Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israeli military intelligence, also said on Twitter that the attack sent several "important messages", including Israel's refusal to "allow for empowerment and production of strategic arms".