IDF warns Hezbollah as Israel temporarily halts fighting in Gaza to distribute aid

IDF warns Hezbollah as Israel temporarily halts fighting in Gaza to distribute aid

JERUSALEM, Israel – The leadership of the Israel Defense Forces is concerned that Hezbollah is dragging Israel into a major war in Lebanon while the government pauses fighting in the Gaza Strip to allow humanitarian aid, including cigarettes, to arrive.

Hezbollah appeared to scale back its attacks on northern Israel over the weekend as Muslims mark the four-day Eid al-Adha festival of sacrifice. Israel hit back last week when the Iran-backed group launched its heaviest attacks yet, prompting Israel to warn of the impending danger.

Israel Defense Forces spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said: “Hezbollah's increasing aggression brings us to the brink of a possible wider escalation that could have devastating consequences for Lebanon and the entire region.”

Hezbollah has fired more than 5,000 missiles at Israeli civilians since October 7, forcing nearly 100,000 Israelis to evacuate. Hagari claims Iran is behind it all.

“Iran's terror proxies continue to drag the region to ruin. Israel will continue to fight against the axis of evil in Iran on all fronts – in Gaza, Lebanon and other fronts.”

The Israeli military maintained a security zone in southern Lebanon for years, but withdrew in May 2000. A UN peacekeeping force was supposed to maintain the demilitarization of the zone, but as many predicted, Hezbollah took control of the area.

Avraham Levine of the Alma Center in northern Israel said CBN News The terrorist group has been firing tirelessly since the Hamas massacre in the south.

“Since October, there have been over 200 attacks every month. And the number is increasing. Thousands and thousands of rockets are being fired, rockets from Hezbollah, Hamas and other organizations, but all from southern Lebanon,” Levine noted.

Levine claims that most of the world has ignored the attacks on northern Israel over the past eight months.

“We are talking about a country that has good connections with Europe, with France, with the United States, which supports the Lebanese army,” he explained. “Yet there is no pressure on the country to stop, to stop or even to slow down this attack on the northern front.”

Hezbollah's rocket and drone attacks cause huge fires in the heat and dryness of summer.

Levine explained: “We are talking about thousands of hectares, perhaps up to 15,000 hectares in the north, throughout the Western Galilee, the Northern Galilee and the Northern Golan Heights – all of Hezbollah shooting at the forests and taking advantage of the situation.”

In the Gaza Strip, 12 Israeli soldiers were killed in separate incidents within 24 hours over the weekend – eight of them when their armoured personnel carrier was hit by an explosion.

Israeli forces will temporarily halt fighting in parts of the southern Gaza Strip to ensure that humanitarian aid, including cigarettes, can be delivered to the beleaguered population of the Gaza Strip.

Israel Police, whose unit led the rescue of four hostages on June 8, released bodycam video of Israeli forces under heavy fire while rescuing female hostage Noa Argamani, telling her: “We are taking you home.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has informed ministers that he has dissolved the war cabinet after National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir requested it.

The war cabinet was formed under an agreement with Benny Gantz, leader of the National Unity Party, when he entered government, but is no longer needed following his resignation from the government last week.

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