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Hezbollah attacks from South Lebanon raise tensions in the region

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An  Israeli official said the situation in the north, where residents from communities near the border have been evacuated from their homes for nearly three months amid rocket fire, attack drones and anti-tank missile fire from Hezbollah, could not be sustained.

Young activists holding a poster featuring Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah © Mena Today 

An  Israeli official said the situation in the north, where residents from communities near the border have been evacuated from their homes for nearly three months amid rocket fire, attack drones and anti-tank missile fire from Hezbollah, could not be sustained.

"The situation on the Lebanese front will not be allowed to continue. This coming six-month period is a critical moment," the Israeli official told the Reuters news agency. 

Since October 7th, Hezbollah has been launching attacks on Israeli territory from southern Lebanon, in violation of a United Nations resolution. The peacekeeping forces, known as the Blue Helmets, have been unable to halt the actions of the pro-Iranian militia.

The Israeli government has formally requested that the Shiite militants withdraw to the Litani River, located 30 kilometers from the border, and that the Lebanese army be deployed in the region. This request is in line with the provisions of UN Resolution 1701, but unfortunately, it has never been fully respected.

Jerusalem is currently prioritizing diplomatic efforts to achieve this objective. However, if these efforts fail, the Israeli military has not ruled out the possibility of conducting a military operation in Lebanon.

The Lebanese government finds itself in a precarious situation with limited room for maneuvering, as the country remains under close Iranian influence. The ongoing situation raises concerns about regional stability and the potential for further escalation of tensions.

By Anton Merwe

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