In a hilly region about 115 miles away from the tumult in Gaza, Israel is working quickly to strengthen its border with Lebanon. They’re gearing up for a possible second front in their fight against Islamist militants. In towns like Shtula, people are getting anxious, thinking Hezbollah might join the fray.
Officials are strategically placing military forces along the border and moving the few remaining civilians out of 28 communities within a buffer zone extending just over a mile from the Lebanese line.
Could There Be a War Brewing at the Israel-Lebanon Border?
Picture tanks and armored vehicles cruising through the area, nearly empty roads, and military checkpoints closing off the region. Units have set up camps under tree cover.
Since the surprise attack by Hamas on October 7th, where over 1,400 people lost their lives, both sides have been firing shots at each other. Hezbollah reports eight of its fighters killed in Israeli strikes, and there have been civilian casualties in a Lebanese town.
There’s also uncertainty about a Reuters videographer’s death, possibly caused by an Israeli shell. The Israel Defense Forces are looking into it. At least five Israelis, including three soldiers in a shootout with a Hezbollah gunman, have lost their lives. The only civilian casualty, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was hit while working at a construction site near the border.
A damaged truck near where the man was working is still there, with work boots left behind where one of the injured got help on the road.