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Israel to Deploy 50,000 Soldiers to Northern Border with Lebanon


Thu 06 Jun 2024 | 11:22 AM
Israa Farhan

The Israeli government is preparing to deploy 50,000 reserve soldiers to its northern border in anticipation of potential escalation with Lebanon, according to reports from Israel Army Radio on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has indicated that Israel is ready to launch an intensive operation along its border with Lebanon.

This region has experienced near-daily exchanges of fire between the Israeli military and Hezbollah since the conflict with Hamas erupted in Gaza.

During a Wednesday visit to the town of Kiryat Shmona near the Lebanese border, Netanyahu emphasized Israel's readiness to restore security to the northern region through significant military action if necessary.

On the same day, Hezbollah announced its attacks on Israeli military positions and gatherings in northern Israel.

Targets included an Iron Dome installation at the Ramot Naftali base, hit by a guided missile near the Lebanese border.

Netanyahu's far-right allies, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, have recently called for urgent measures to restore security to northern Israel.

These calls followed fires caused by Hezbollah rocket attacks earlier in the week.

Ben Gvir urged for the destruction of all Hezbollah strongholds, while Smotrich advocated for a military invasion of Lebanon and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese from the border area.

Since the escalation between Hezbollah and Israel began, at least 455 people have been killed in Lebanon, including 88 civilians, according to data from Hezbollah and Lebanese official sources. On the Israeli side, 14 soldiers and 11 civilians have been reported killed.

The intensity of the exchange of fire has increased in recent weeks, with Hezbollah escalating its attacks and the Israeli military conducting deeper strikes into Lebanese territory.

Israel has targeted Hezbollah fighters and leaders, as well as Palestinian factions, using drones over the past few months.