Amid new reports that Israel is getting ready for another war against Lebanon, people in Lebanon have marked the fourth anniversary of Israel’s assault on the country.
The anniversary comes as Israeli media reported last week the Tel Aviv regime was conducting military exercises at Elyakim training base, near Haifa, to simulate attacks on Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon.
The base is covered with many simulated minefields and camouflaged bunkers. Israeli troops are exercising to pass those spots and find “rocket sites” according to the report.
Israeli troops will then be transported to Golan Heights by helicopters to be trained conducting other operations.
In 2006, Israel’s devastating 33-day war against Lebanon claimed the lives of more than 1,200 Lebanese civilians, many of them women and children.
However, the Israeli military faced fierce Hezbollah resistance and was eventually forced to leave Lebanon without achieving any of its objectives.
The Israeli withdrawal came after the UN Security Council issued Resolution 1701, which ended the conflict and formed the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to maintain security of Lebanon’s southern border with Israel.