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Israel to evacuate another 14 communities close to Lebanon border

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

Kiryat Shmona residents are evacuated from the city, October 20, 2023 (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)
Kiryat Shmona residents are evacuated from the city, October 20, 2023 (Ayal Margolin/Flash90)

The Israel Defense Forces and Defense Ministry say they are planning to evacuate another 14 communities close to the Lebanese border, amid repeated rocket and missile attacks by Hezbollah and allied Palestinian factions in the last two weeks.

The ministry’s National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) says the residents will be taken to state-funded guesthouses, after the plan was approved by Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

Last week, NEMA began to evacuate 28 communities that are within 2 kilometers of the border, as well as the city of Kiryat Shmona.

According to the IDF and Defense Ministry, the 14 communities being added to the plan are: Snir, Dan, Beit Hillel, She’ar Yashuv, Hagoshrim, Liman, Matzuva, Eylon, Goren, Gornot HaGalil, Even Menachem, Sasa, Tziv’on and Ramot Naftali.

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