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Israel Forms New Battalion to Fight Hezbollah In Lebanon

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IDF soldiers at work on the Israel-Lebanon border as part of Operation Northern Shield. Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Office.

JNS.org – A new Israeli military battalion will be charged with providing the first line of defense for citizens in Israel’s north, who face the threat of the Hezbollah terror group operating from Lebanon.

The new battalion, named Shaarei Ha’esh (“Gates of Fire”), will specialize in fighting the Iranian-backed Shi’ite terror group in the Galilee, and protecting local residents and military posts close to Lebanon, as well as attacking Hezbollah inside of Lebanon.

It will serve under the Israel Defense Forces’ regional Baram Brigade and be comprised of reservists from the Golani Infantry Brigade’s Reconnaissance Battalion. The group has already performed its first major training exercise.

Israel has recently emphasized its efforts to ward off attacks by Hezbollah, including “Operation Northern Shield,” which was aimed at finding and destroying large terror tunnels that were believed to be dug by the group from Lebanon to Israel as a means of enabling hundreds of Hezbollah fighters to infiltrate the Jewish State in a future war.

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