Posted October 11, 2018 07:14:47It’s the day Israel announced that it will deploy 2,000 more border police at its southern border with Lebanon, and it’s a decision that could make its southern borders even more tense.
The move comes just one day after the Israeli Defense Forces announced it will begin an operation to close the border.
The move comes after the death of a 14-year-old Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, who was wounded in an Israeli airstrike in the town of Arsal.
The Israeli military said in a statement that “the Lebanese military will take all necessary measures to close and isolate the crossings to allow for safe passage of refugees and migrants to and from the country.”
“The military is committed to maintaining the security of Israel’s southern borders,” the statement read.
“The IDF has deployed more than 500 soldiers to the southern border to maintain security in this area.”
On Friday, the Israeli government announced that “it will launch a large-scale military operation against the terrorist organizations that are terrorizing the citizens of the State of Israel, including Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and others,” according to the Associated Press.
The announcement came just hours after the Lebanese army announced that an air raid on a compound near Arsal killed the head of a Hamas terror group, Ahmed al-Tahiri.
Tahir, an Israeli, was killed when the airstrike struck a home he was using to hide.
Israeli military officials have said that the military is investigating the attack.
The Lebanese military said that two Hezbollah militants were killed in the airstrike.
Israeli forces said that they “shot down two missiles fired from Lebanon into Israel.”
The IDF said in its statement that the operation would begin on Sunday and that “Israel will not allow the crossing of terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Revolutionaries, the Qassam Brigades, and other terrorist organizations into Israel and will not permit any Palestinian factions to enter into Israeli territory.”
The Israeli government has said that it would allow “Palestinian refugees and those who have a connection to the refugee camps to cross over into Israel,” but the Lebanese government has previously denied such claims.