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Israel Evacuates Communities Along Lebanon Border

On Monday, the Israeli military announced the evacuation of residents living along its northern border with Lebanon due to escalating tensions. This decision comes ten days into the conflict with the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Tragically, on Sunday, an Israeli civilian and an army officer lost their lives in missile attacks originating from Lebanon. In response, the Israeli army conducted retaliatory strikes and targeted the infrastructure of the Hezbollah militant group.

In an official statement issued on Monday, the Israeli army detailed the implementation of a plan to relocate residents of northern Israel living within a two-kilometer range from the Lebanese border to government-funded guesthouses. This evacuation will affect thousands of people residing in 28 different communities.

Many of these individuals have already left the area, as recent days have witnessed recurrent cross-border hostilities resulting in casualties on both sides of the United Nations-patrolled border between Lebanon and Israel, which technically remains in a state of war.

Israel’s Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said his country had “no interest in a war in the north, we don’t want to escalate the situation”.

“If Hezbollah chooses the path of war, it will pay a very heavy price,” he said on Sunday. “But if it restrains itself, we’ll respect the situation and keep things the way they are”.

Israel has been embroiled in a conflict since October 7 when Gaza’s Hamas militants launched an unprecedented attack. During this assault, their gunmen employed shockingly brutal tactics, involving shooting, stabbing, and mutilation, which sent shockwaves across the nation.

Since this attack and the subsequent fighting, over 1,400 people in Israel have lost their lives. Israel has made a commitment to eradicate Hamas and, in response, has conducted an intense bombing campaign on Gaza, resulting in over 2,750 casualties.

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