Nearly 29,000 displaced in Lebanon amid skirmishes on Israel border: UN

Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Oct 2023

Nearly 29,000 people have been displaced in Lebanon amid deadly exchanges between Iran-backed Hezbollah fighters and the Israeli army, a United Nations agency said.

Flares are fired from northern Israel over the southern Lebanese border village of Aita al-Shaab, on
Flares are fired from northern Israel over the southern Lebanese border village of Aita al-Shaab, on October 28,2023. AFP


A total of 28,965 people have been displaced, mainly in the country's south, the International Organization for Migration said in an update, adding that the figure had risen by 37 percent since October 23.

Some have found refuge with family members elsewhere in the country, while those who can afford it have been able to rent apartments on a short-term basis.

But with Lebanon in the grips of an economic crisis that has plunged most of the population into poverty, some are living in makeshift shelters in the south's larger towns.

A military convoy of the Lebanese army in the border village of Aytaroun has reportedly come under fire from Israeli forces, but no casualties were reported, according to Lebanese news agency Saturday. 

Clashes between the two sides have intensified on the southern front after significant de-escalation for just one day.

Israeli occupation army announced on Saturday it shot down a missile fired at an Israeli drone from Lebanon Saturday. It was not immediately clear if the missile was fired by Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group.

Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said an Israeli drone fired three missiles on a Hezbollah stronghold in an area relatively far from the border Saturday. The agency said the drone struck the Safi Mountain in Lebanon’s southern Apple province where Hezbollah has posts.

Hezbollah announced on Friday that it had targeted the Israeli military outpost of Misgav Am — which faces the Lebanese village of Al-Adayseh — with guided missiles, “damaging part of its equipment.”

In Lebanon, at least 58 people have been killed in the cross-border exchanges of fire, most of them Hezbollah fighters but also including at least four civilians, one of them Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah.


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