The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have reported a "security incident" along the Lebanese border, near the community of Manara, late on Tuesday, August 25. Residents of Manara, Yiftach, Margaliot, Misgav Am, and Malkia have been ordered to stay at home, with artillery firing flares and units searching the area for possible border breaches. The military has set up roadblocks on highways in the area and warned residents to be ready to enter bomb-shelters if necessary. The exact nature of the "security incident" is yet to be announced. It comes exactly a year after an Israeli airstrike killed two Hezbollah members in Syria.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area in the near term. Further border clashes between Israeli and Hezbollah forces are likely in the medium term.
Hezbollah is a Shi'a militant group and political party based out of Lebanon. Israeli officials are concerned that as the fighting in Syria slows, Iran and Hezbollah will attempt to maintain a permanent presence along the Israeli border. Hezbollah and Israel have been engaged in numerous armed conflicts over the past 30 years, including the month-long 2006 war between the two parties.
Those along the Lebanese/Israeli border are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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