UNIFIL bolsters presence in southern Lebanon amid rising tensions

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Oct 2023

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) announced on Saturday its commitment to strengthening its presence in southern Lebanon, particularly near the border with Israel. The organization stated that it was actively engaged in "counter rocket-launching operations" to bolster border security.

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File photo: UNIFIL maintains its increased level of patrolling in southern Lebanon. Photo courtesy UN Peacekeeping


Earlier today, Israeli reports disclosed that the Israeli military had initiated the mobilization of thousands of reserve soldiers, citing the need for "extensive reinforcements" along the Israeli-Lebanese border in anticipation of potential emergencies.

In a subsequent development, Israeli media outlets reported that Israeli forces had engaged Hezbollah fighters who had attempted to breach Israel's northern border near Metula. The fighters had approached the border on motorcycles.

These developments occurred in the wake of an unprecedented attack by Hamas on Israel in the early hours of Saturday, prompting Tel Aviv to declare a state of war. The death toll resulting from Hamas's attack on Israel has now surpassed 100, as reported by The Times of Israel. The Israeli health ministry has reported that 908 individuals have been injured and are currently receiving treatment in hospitals across southern and central Israel due to the ongoing Hamas offensive.

On the Palestinian side, the health ministry in Gaza has reported that at least 198 individuals have lost their lives as a result of Israeli air strikes in response to Hamas militants' rocket barrages. According to the ministry's latest update, as of 4:20 pm (1320 GMT), there were "198 martyrs and 1,610 wounded with various injuries" recorded in the ongoing conflict.

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