The National Emergency Management Agency under the Ministry of Defense and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced the evacuation of residents from the village of Kiryat Shmona, which is located near the border with Lebanon. About it it says in a statement from the Israeli army press service.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant approved the implementation of this plan. It is clarified that residents will be relocated to state-subsidized guest houses. The program will be managed by local authorities, the Ministry of Tourism and the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the IDF added.
18 October Israeli government approved evacuation of residents of settlements located at a distance of 2 to 5 km from the Lebanese border.
October 16th was announced on the evacuation of 28 settlements located within 2 km of the border with Lebanon. October 13 Israel named The city of Metula, located in the north of the country, is a restricted military zone. The IDF urged residents to stay away from the populated area and not enter the area.
On the morning of October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas began military operations against Israel. The IDF responded by launching Operation Iron Swords, striking hundreds of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli government announced that the country had entered a state of war.
In a show of solidarity with the Palestinians, the Iranian-backed Shiite group Hezbollah, based in Lebanon, fired on three Israeli posts in the area of the so-called Shebaa farm in the northeast of the country on the morning of October 8, a disputed territory captured by Israel from Syria in 1967. Israel carried out retaliatory attacks. airstrikes on positions of Lebanese militants. October 9, Lebanese Foreign Ministry statedthat Hezbollah promised not to conduct military operations against Israel unless it begins to “persecute” Lebanon.