IDF says intensive strikes in Lebanon aimed at distancing Hezbollah from border

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

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari speaks to the press at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023. (Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP)
IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari speaks to the press at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023. (Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP)

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says the military has carried out major airstrikes in recent days against Hezbollah, in hopes of pushing the terror group away from Israel’s northern border.

“In the last two days, we completed a series of widespread strikes by fighter jets, tanks and artillery on Hezbollah targets,” Hagari says in an evening press conference.

“Targets were hit in all areas of Lebanon, including rocket launch sites, military compounds and terror infrastructure. Additionally, we struck terror cells and killed terrorists on the ground and in buildings,” he says.

“We continue to carry out intense attacks and damage the Hezbollah deployment that was near the northern border,” Hagari says.

He says that the terror group’s deployment in southern Lebanon “no longer looks the same as it did on October 6, and it will never be the same again.”

In the Gaza Strip, he says the IDF is continuing to battle Hamas in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis, the so-called central camps in central Gaza, and in the Gaza City neighborhoods of Daraj and Tuffah.

“We are continuing to exert all of the IDF’s military pressure on Hamas,” he adds.

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