IDF declares restricted area up to 4 kilometers from Lebanon border; civilians prohibited from entering

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

Israeli tanks are positioned in the north of Israel near the border with Lebanon on October 15, 2023. (Jalaa MAREY / AFP)
Israeli tanks are positioned in the north of Israel near the border with Lebanon on October 15, 2023. (Jalaa MAREY / AFP)

The Israel Defense Forces says it is “isolating the area” of up to 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the Lebanon border, instructing civilians not to enter.

“The IDF stresses that entering the area is strictly prohibited and asks the public to be vigilant and not enter the area,” the IDF says.

Meanwhile, residents living in communities up to 2 kilometers from the Lebanon border are ordered to remain close to bomb shelters until further notice.

The moves come following repeated attacks from Lebanon by the Hezbollah terror group and allied Palestinian factions.

The IDF also warns the public that it is jamming GPS services in the area, which may affect navigation applications.

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