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Lebanon in state of alert amid Israel-Hezbollah border tension

The Iran-backed Hezbollah movement and Israel traded fire in southern Lebanon, as the Hamas-Israel war is escalating.
Lebanese soldiers and bystanders stand on a road overlooking the border area with the northern Israeli town of Metulla (background), Oct. 9, 2023.

BEIRUT — A precarious calm is prevailing in southern Lebanon, one day after the heavily armed Hezbollah movement and Israel traded fire, raising concerns that the current Hamas-Israel war could take on a regional dimension.

In a Monday post on the X platform (formerly Twitter), Israeli army spokesperson Avichay Adraee cited reports saying that a number of people have infiltrated from southern Lebanon into Israel where the Israeli army is already deployed.

The Lebanese side has yet to confirm the report. But social media users have shared videos of alleged Israeli firing toward Dhayra village in southern Lebanon in response to reports of an infiltration into the Galilee area in Israel.

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