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Hezbollah, Hamas seek to exploit Israel's internal weakness to attack

The security incident last Monday near the border with Lebanon worries the IDF, as Hezbollah tries to exploit the ongoing crisis in Israel.
Israeli armored military vehicles and humvees patrol along the border with Lebanon near the northern kibbutz of Bar'am, Israel, March 15, 2023.

As of Friday morning, Israeli security agencies are still searching for the identity of an assailant who infiltrated into the country from Lebanon on Monday. The attacker exploded a device on the roadside in the north of the country, seriously injuring a driver. Though the assailant was later killed, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are still concerned over this precedent.

The incident started last Monday. Residents of northern Israel experienced three days of grim uncertainty and apocalyptic rumors after photos appeared on social media depicting the arrest at gunpoint of an unidentified man adjacent to the border fence with Lebanon. The rumors about the unexplained arrest of the cowering man were linked on social media to a powerful roadside explosion early Monday near Megiddo Junction, some 40 miles south of the border, in which an Israeli driver, an Arab citizen of Israel, was badly wounded.

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