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Israel conducts simulated battle with Lebanon

Israel conducts simulated battle with Lebanon

Israeli soldiers taking part in exercises simulating an attack in Lebanon. (Screenshot of a video posted on X by the Israeli army)

Exercises and simulations of a ground attack in Lebanon have been carried out in recent weeks by Israel, announced Arabic-language Israeli army spokesperson Avichay Adraee on X.

“The 146 brigade and the 205 reserve armored brigade have carried out exercises in recent weeks similar to a ground operation in Lebanon. These exercises included battle scenarios on the northern front [of Israel], rapid positioning of forces on the ground, and the role to be played” by the brigades involved, which are part of the Israeli army's command in the north of the country, Avichay Adraee said.

Adraee added that Brigade 551, a reservist paratrooper unit, is said to be carrying out “operational activities on the Lebanese border.” These activities include a “study of the challenges in Lebanon,” and are conducted in a “steep [geographical] area” similar to the Lebanese terrain.

Exercises concerning logistical, IT and communications issues also took place, as did transport exercises in steep, mountainous areas, “as part of a lifting of the state of alert on the northern border”, continued the spokesman, whose statement was accompanied by a video of Israeli soldiers meeting in a military tent.

Since Oct. 8, 2023, the day after the start of the war in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas, Hezbollah has been carrying out almost daily attacks against Israel in support of Hamas, its ally. The Israeli army has retaliated with increasingly deep bombardments of Lebanese territory and targeted attacks on Hezbollah officials.

These clashes have already killed more than 400 people, according to our count, including 321 Hezbollah members and more than 60 civilians.

This article originally appeared in French in L'Orient-Le Jour.

Exercises and simulations of a ground attack in Lebanon have been carried out in recent weeks by Israel, announced Arabic-language Israeli army spokesperson Avichay Adraee on X.“The 146 brigade and the 205 reserve armored brigade have carried out exercises in recent weeks similar to a ground operation in Lebanon. These exercises included battle scenarios on the northern front [of Israel], rapid...