The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has declared the town of Metula, which is located in the north of the country near the Lebanese border, a restricted military zone. About it it says in a statement from the Israeli army press service.
“Based on the assessment of the situation, a decision was made to close the military zone in the area of the settlement of Metula,” the statement said.
The IDF urged residents to stay away from the populated area and not enter the area.
Metula is Israel’s northernmost town and is located on the border with Lebanon, where tensions have increased in recent days amid threats posed by the Shiite group Hezbollah against Israel. writes Ynetnews portal.
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 Hezbollah on the morning of 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. October 9, Lebanese Foreign Ministry statedthat Hezbollah promised not to conduct military operations against Israel unless it begins to “persecute” Lebanon.
According to the latest data, the death toll in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has exceeded 2,800 people. The death toll on the Israeli side reached 1,300 people; on the Palestinian side, it exceeded 1,500.