Israel begins the evacuation of 28 settlements after yesterday’s Hezbollah attacks and fighting on the border with Lebanon. A total of 70,000 citizens will be moved immediately.
Israeli intelligence has detected Iranian attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Based on this information, the IDF has bombed Syrian airfields and large arms convoys en route to Lebanon in recent days.
Yesterday was marked by continuous battles with tanks, artillery and anti-tank missiles between Israeli forces and Hezbollah.
Earlier today, Hezbollah released videos of the attacks against Israeli military targets. Hezbollah announced that it had attacked at least 5 Israeli military posts on the Lebanese border with heavy machine guns and other weapons.
Footage has been released by Hezbollah showing the Strike yesterday on an Israeli Military Outport on the Border with Lebanon utilizing a Anti-Tank Guided Missile and that resulted in the Death of an IDF Officer. pic.twitter.com/f8VIOsBIzR— OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) October 16, 2023
The Iranian Guards are moving forces to the Syrian-Israeli border
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is moving forces toward the Israeli border, sparking concerns that it could open a new front in the standoff between Tel Aviv and its regional enemies.
“The IRGC has redeployed fighters from the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor south to an area near Damascus, according to a Syrian government adviser and a Deir ez-Zor activist,” US sources said .
The activist said some of the soldiers moved were experts in missile technology. The Syrian government adviser said Iran’s objective remains largely defensive. “There is great concern that if there is a war, there is a strong need to protect the regime,” he said, according to the Americans.
IDF: Evacuation of 28 settlements near border with Lebanon begins
Israel announced the activation of a plan to evacuate 28 settlements in the north, up to 2 km from the Lebanese border, and to transfer citizens to state-subsidized hostels.
The activation of the plan was approved by Defense Minister Yoav Galant.
Gallant emphasized that “Northern Command informed council chiefs of the decision a while ago. The program will be managed by local authorities, the Ministry of the Interior and the Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Defence.”
These are the 28 settlements: Reger, Dishon, Kfar Yuval, Margaliot, Metula, Avivim, Dobb, Ma’ayan Baruch, Baram, Menara, Yiftah, Malkia, Meshgav Am, Yaraon, Dafna, Arab El Aramsha, Shlomi, Netua, Ya ‘era, Shatula , Matat, Zerait, Shomara, Batzat, Adamit, Rosh Hankara, Kfar Giladi and Hanita.
It should be noted that many of these settlements have already been evacuated in recent days. It is a decision by the Defense Minister and the IDF that may indicate another step towards an imminent conflict in the north
A total of 70,000 Israelis would be evacuated in the event of an all-out war against Hezbollah. Many will be housed in schools across the country as there are not enough rooms within safe range for all.
US: “Don’t attack Lebanon first – If you are attacked, we will intervene” – What is Washington’s red line
According to Israeli media, over the weekend two of the top ministers in the Biden administration, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, made strong commitments to Israel.
Austin wanted to ensure that Israel would not launch a pre-emptive strike against Hezbollah.
So he offered a fair return: an American commitment to put American pilots and planes into the war if Hezbollah attacked first, fully confirming WarNews247.
This adds to the deterrent power of the presence of two aircraft carriers off the coast of Lebanon.
Israel responded to the request.
Blinken and Austin delivered another message to Israel: the US would find it difficult to support a military operation in Gaza that would involve widespread civilian harm and undermine Egyptian sovereignty.
The pro-American Arab regimes must not be weakened, neither in Egypt, nor in Jordan, nor in the United Arab Emirates, nor in Saudi Arabia.
Statement from Hezbollah:— Faytuks News Δ (@Faytuks) October 15, 2023
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Israel: Fighting between the army and Hezbollah
Tensions are rising dangerously on Israel’s border with Lebanon as clashes between the Lebanese Hezbollah group and the Israeli army increase, fueling concerns of a local escalation of the war between Israel and Hamas. Israel has declared that it does not want a war on its border with Lebanon.
“We are not interested in a war in the north, we do not want an escalation of the situation,” said Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallad, clarifying, however, that “if Hezbollah chooses the path of war, it will pay a very heavy price .Washington expressed concern about “escalation” and “possible Iranian involvement”. Tehran also issued a warning today against a possible “expansion of the conflict”.
On the Lebanese-Israeli border, exchanges of fire from both sides of the border and attempts to infiltrate Israel by armed Palestinian allies of Hezbollah are increasing. Yesterday was marked by an increase in military operations. An Israeli civilian was killed and many injured in Stula, northern Israel, in a rocket attack claimed by Hezbollah.
The Israeli military responded by targeting Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon and closed a four-kilometer radius of the border zone to civilians. Hezbollah claimed responsibility in a statement for a new attack in the Hanita area of northern Israel with guided missiles, saying it caused casualties among “enemy ranks.”
At the same time, Hamas’ armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, announced that it had fired 20 rockets from Lebanon at two Jewish settlements. Israeli fighter jets hit Hezbollah positions in Lebanon and an exchange of fire took place on the border, the Israeli army announced. The increase in tension creates fears of the opening of a new front with the entry of Hezbollah into the conflict, which could drag Lebanon into war as well.
Israel: One dead from a Hezbollah attack – The army retaliated
Lebanese Hezbollah fighters fired a rocket at a border village in northern Israel, killing one man and wounding three others, Hezbollah and Israeli doctors said.
Doctors had initially announced that two people were injured in the attack in the village of Stoula, a rural community opposite the Lebanese community of Aita al-Shab.
The Israeli military announced that it was striking Lebanon in retaliation and also banned public access to a zone within 4 kilometers of the Lebanese border.
As part of its operations, the IDF is deliberately blocking the smooth functioning of GPS services on the border with Lebanon, as well as on the southern front with Gaza.
The IDF attacked military infrastructures of the terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon a short time ago – IDF pic.twitter.com/YryiwQjiTf— Joe Truzman (@JoeTruzman) October 15, 2023
Heavy Gunfire is continuing on the Israel-Lebanon Border. pic.twitter.com/iTEVijlt1h— OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) October 15, 2023
Gunfire is continuing to be heard near the City of Qiryat Shemona on the Border with Lebanon. pic.twitter.com/glc8BwNOHY— OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) October 15, 2023
Israeli Artillery is counting to Target several Hezbollah and other Militant Positions in Southern Lebanon near the Border. pic.twitter.com/2bflTKcENe— OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) October 15, 2023
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