The head of Israeli settlement of Metula near the Lebanon border, has decried the new state of affairs in the vicinity of the occupied Palestinian town, with settlements emptied “due to the threat from Hezbollah.”
“In effect, Israel has formed a security zone 5 kilometers south of the border,” Mayor David Azoulay said according to Walla news, referencing the former “security zone” the Israeli occupation once held in south Lebanon.
“I call on Israel to form a [security] zone of 4-5 kilometers north of the border,” he said.
“We are told that [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah won’t start a war, but we’re already at war.”
In light of the escalation of the confrontations at the border between Lebanon and occupied Palestine, Israeli media reported a climate of anxiety and panic in the northern settlements, as the area has been evacuated from settlers and resembled a “ghost town.”
Hezbollah has been since October 8 launching strikes on Israeli border posts in solidarity with the people and resistance in Gaza.
Source: AFP and Israeli media