The Israeli government has approved the evacuation of residents near the border with Lebanon. This was reported by the press service of the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
“The government decision, which has now been approved, authorizes the Minister of Defense and the IDF to carry out, in accordance with the assessment of the situation, a phased evacuation of populated areas located at a distance of 2 to 5 km from the Lebanese border,” the statement said (quote according to TASS).
About evacuation within 2 km from the border with Lebanon reported at the National Emergency Management Directorate of the Ministry of Defense and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on October 16. Then the evacuation of residents from 28 settlements was approved.
On the morning of October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas attacked Israel, kidnapping hostages, including civilians. The IDF then launched 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.
The Shiite group Hezbollah, in a show of solidarity with the Palestinians, on October 8 fired at three Israeli posts in the area of the so-called Shebaa farm in the northeast of the country, a disputed territory captured by Israel from Syria in 1967. Israel carried out retaliatory airstrikes against the positions of Lebanese militants.
Previously, the head of the US House Foreign Policy Committee, Michael McCaul reportedthat a group of senators in parliament is developing a bill that would give US President Joe Biden the ability to use force against Iranian-backed groups in the Middle East, including the Lebanese Hezbollah.
As detailed in the Defense News article, such permission is necessary in case the war between Israel and the Palestinian organization Hamas escalates into a wider regional conflict.