Israel orders residents in north to stay indoors amidst escalation near Lebanon

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JERUSALEM, July 27 (Xinhua) — Israel’s army said Monday it had closed all roads in the north and instructed residents to immediately leave open spaces and remain indoors amidst a “security incident” along Israel-Lebanon border.

“A report was received regarding a security incident in the Mount Dov area,” a military spokesperson said in a statement, without elaborating on the incident. Mount Dov, known in Arabic as Sheba’a Farms, is a disputed land at the intersection of Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.

Israel’s state-owned Kan TV news reported that Israel and Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Lebanese armed group, exchanged fire along the border, with Israeli tanks firing artillery at the Kfarchouba area, near Mount Hermon.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz have both been receiving updates on the escalation, according to statements issued by their offices.

“Lebanon and Hezbollah will be responsible for any attack emanating from Lebanon,” Netanyahu said.

“The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is prepared for any scenario,” he added.

Tensions along Israel’s borders with Lebanon and Syria have been on the rise since a fighter with Hezbollah was killed in an apparent Israeli airstrike in Syria last week. Enditem

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