Israel will not allow civilians to return to the Lebanese border until Hezbollah withdraws

Yoav Gallant, head of the Defense portfolio (Europa Press) (Europa Press/Contact/Ariel Herm/)

The Israeli Defense Minister, Yoav Gallantreported this Wednesday that the communities evacuated in the north of the country due to crossfire with the militias operating in the south of the Lebanon They will not return to their homes until the terrorist group Hezbollah withdraws from the area.

Gallant, in a meeting with mayors and heads of municipalities of the affected region, assured that the safe return of those close to 80 thousand residents living up to 10 kilometers from the border will occur when Shiite fighters are driven beyond the border. Litani River30 kilometers from the dividing line.

Hezbollah It is prohibited from maintaining a military presence south of Litani, according to UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War in 2006, but the terrorist group has violated that agreement and regularly launches its attacks from there. across the border.

Gallant explained that diplomatic efforts will be made to ensure compliance with this resolution, but if they are not successful, the Army “will act with all the means at its disposal” to push back Hezbollah.

Smoke after an Israeli attack on Al-Quazah, in Lebanon (Europa Press)
Smoke after an Israeli attack on Al-Quazah, in Lebanon (Europa Press) (Europa Press/Contact/Ali Hashis/)

Many evacuees have expressed concern about being exposed to danger once they return to their homes, calling for Hezbollah to be expelled from the area.

Another day of crossfire

The Israeli Army bombed Hezbollah positions in Lebanon on Wednesday by ground and air, in response to attacks by the Lebanese Shiite group on several of its positions in northern Israel, a military source reported.

This source from the Israeli forces indicated that positions of its Army in the areas of Aramshe and Mount Hermonthe latter in the occupied Syrian Golan.

Israeli tanks and artillery attacked several positions in Lebanon and a military aircraft destroyed Hezbollah’s “military infrastructure,” including a “command center,” according to Israeli forces.

Israeli bombing of the Lebanese border town Kafr Kila (Europa Press)
Israeli bombing of the Lebanese border town Kafr Kila (Europa Press) (Europa Press/Contact/Ali Hashis/)

Hostilities in the area between Israel and Lebanese militias, the most serious since 2006, escalated following the war that broke out on October 7 due to the Hamas massacre.

Since the beginning of hostilities, at least 120 deaths have been recorded: 10 in Israel – 7 soldiers and 3 civilians – and at least 110 in Lebanon, including 80 members of Hezbollah, 12 members of Palestinian militias, one soldier and 17 civilians. -among them three journalists and three children-.

(With information from EFE)