16 October 2023

Hizbollah announced that it had targeted “five Israeli border posts” and an Israeli tank. The Israeli military responded with artillery strikes. The same day, the Israeli government ordered “the implementation of a plan to evacuate residents of northern Israel who live in the area up to 2km from the Lebanese border”. Prime Minister Netanyahu warned Iran and Hizbollah: “Do not test us in the north. Do not repeat your previous mistake because the price you will pay will be much worse”. Relatedly, an IDF spokesperson claimed that “Hizbollah carried out a number of attacks yesterday in order to try to divert our operational efforts [away from the Gaza Strip], under the direction and backing of Iran”. “If Hizbollah dares to test us, the reaction will be deadly. The U.S. is giving us full backing”, he underscored.

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