Areas in Metula declared closed military zone

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

A picture taken from southern Lebanon on October 9, 2023, shows an Israeli Merkava tank driving in the border town of Metula, Israel. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP)
A picture taken from southern Lebanon on October 9, 2023, shows an Israeli Merkava tank driving in the border town of Metula, Israel. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP)

The Israel Defense Forces has declared some areas in the northern town of Metula a closed military zone, according to local authorities.

In a statement to residents, the municipality says this morning the head of the IDF’s Northern Command issued the order.

According to Army Radio, the closed military zone only applies to sections of the town near the Lebanon border fence.

Residents who have left the town in recent days are asked to not return.

“We are in continuous contact with army officials, hold daily situation assessment meetings, and will continue to update on all developments,” the municipality adds.

The military has bolstered forces in northern Israel in recent days, amid fears the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group will open up a second front amid the war triggered by last weekend’s unprecedented invasion from the Gaza Strip.

Metula in recent days has recommended that residents leave the town amid the tensions.

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