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Israeli Army Expects Hezbollah Border Infiltration

Israeli Army Expects Hezbollah Border Infiltration

Thursday, 19 December, 2019 - 08:45
Soldiers stand near a battery of Iron Dome defense missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on 13 November 2019. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

An Israeli military official revealed on Wednesday that a drill held on the northern front bordering Lebanon aimed to simulate ways to confront a possible infiltration of Hezbollah members into Israel.

The two-day exercise, which concluded on Tuesday, focused on conducting Intelligence, combat and gathering efforts over a possible widespread attack by the Lebanese group.

An Israeli army spokesman said that Hezbollah would try to infiltrate and control one or more Israeli villages in any upcoming war with Israel.

He said that a commando force could head from the Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras to Israeli border towns and could even kidnap soldiers or innocent civilians.

“It is true that Hezbollah is currently busy with the protests in Lebanon, however, the Israeli army knows that Hezbollah could rely on tension with Israel to help the party limit the level of tension in Beirut,” he said.

The Hebrew-language Channel 7 said the maneuver involved the use of various types of weapons.

It quoted an Israeli army spokesman as saying that the maneuver was conducted to face many security and military challenges at the northern front, including how to transfer intelligence and supply during the war.

Military correspondent Ron Ben-Yishai said that since 2011 “Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah speaks about invading Galilee. However, Nasrallah does not plan to infiltrate Israeli territories for more than a few kilometers.”

For his part, the Israeli army’s Northern Command chief, Amir Baram, said that a strong and disproportionate strike against Hezbollah positions at the border should produce a change in the results of any upcoming war.

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