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Gantz orders IDF on alert in north as Lebanese maritime border deal falters

An IDF mobile howitzer stands at the ready near the Lebanese border in an undated photo (Israel Defense Forces)
An IDF mobile howitzer stands at the ready near the Lebanese border in an undated photo (Israel Defense Forces)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz orders the IDF on alert in the north amid an apparent setback in the effort to reach a maritime border deal with Lebanon.

Gantz holds a situational assessment with the IDF chief of staff and other security officials after Israel says it will not accept Lebanese amendments to a US-brokered deal.

“The Defense Minister directed the IDF to prepare for a scenario of escalation in the north, both offensively and defensively, given the developments in the negotiations on the maritime border,” a statement from Gantz’s office says.

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