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Prepare to launch offensive against Hezbollah: Israeli army chief tells troops

Israeli military forces. [Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

On Wednesday, Chief of General Staff Herzi Halevi said that Israeli army needs to be prepared to launch an attack against the Lebanese Hezbollah group if the situation requires it.

The statement came following a situation assessment conducted by Halevi, alongside Major General Ori Gordin and other commanders, as indicated in an army statement, Anadolu Agency reported.

Halevi clarified that the primary mission of the Israeli army is to facilitate the return of people who had evacuated from the northern regions of Israel due to attacks by Hezbollah. He reassured that both the Israeli army and the Northern Command are operating at a high level of preparedness.

The Chief of General Staff disclosed that a series of plans had been approved on the Northern Front to continue efforts aimed at achieving this mission, underscoring the importance of being ready to launch an attack if the situation deems it necessary.

Tensions have been escalating along the border between Lebanon and Israel, marked by intermittent exchanges of fire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah. These incidents represent the deadliest clashes between the two sides since their full-scale war in 2006.

The heightened border tensions are occurring concurrently with an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing more than 21,000 Palestinians since October 7, where Hamas retaliated to decades long occupational crimes committed by Israel.

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