Israeli authorities launched a military operation against the Hezbollah armed group on Tuesday, December 4. The operation aims to "expose and neutralize" tunnels allegedly dug by the group between Israel and Lebanon. A heightened security presence can be expected at the border, along with potential clashes between Israeli forces and Hezbollah. Retaliatory attacks conducted by Hezbollah cannot be ruled out.
Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah remain high since the 2006 war on the Lebanese border, where Hezbollah forces were able to fight back Israel's position in southern Lebanon. Hezbollah is currently a main actor in the war in Syria and has been supported by Iran.
Individuals in Israel are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and be prepared to seek shelter in the event of a rocket attack or airstrike. Some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to border areas of Israel.
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