ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 138

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IDF spokesman: 3 divisions deployed to north, 3,400 Hezbollah sites targeted amid war

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

An Israeli mobile howitzer gets into position near the border with Lebanon in northern Israel, January 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
An Israeli mobile howitzer gets into position near the border with Lebanon in northern Israel, January 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari in a press conference says the military has deployed three divisions to the northern border amid Hezbollah’s attacks on northern Israel.

He says the IDF has struck more than 150 cells, killing some 200 terror operatives, mostly members of Hezbollah, and targeted more than 3,400 Hezbollah sites since the beginning of the war in Gaza.

The targets include some 120 observation posts, 40 weapons depots, and 40 command centers manned by Hezbollah members, along with more significant sites such as an airstrip used by Hezbollah to launch drones and a weapons depot storing anti-aircraft missiles, Hagari says.

Hagari in his press conference also airs footage of a strike on a Hezbollah cell in southern Syria last month.

He says the IDF is working to “reshape the security reality” on the northern border, so that some 80,000 displaced Israelis by Hezbollah’s attacks can return to their homes.

“We do not choose war as our first option but are certainly ready, and preparing for it all the time, if need be,” Hagari says.

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