Israeli army has completed the most extensive training in recent years in preparation for a possible war with Lebanon, says an Israeli commander.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), comprising of two combat units — the Nahal Infantry Brigade and the 401st Brigade — have been given collaborative training drills in the Golan Heights on the border with Lebanon, said Enav Shalev, commander of the 401st Brigade.
Israel occupied Syria’s strategic Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War.
“I don’t belittle the situation in the Gaza Strip, but Lebanon is a different story,” he said.
The 13-week drill, that ended on Thursday, brought together thousands of soldiers and hundreds of armored vehicles with simulated anti-tank missiles, rockets and mortar shells, Ynetnews reported Friday.
The announcement of the drills came as the Lebanese army, acting on an alert from the resistance movement of Hezbollah, discovered and dismantled Israeli espionage devices on Wednesday.
Two spying devices were found, one on the Barouk Mountain, east of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, and the other on Mount Sannine, northeast of the capital.
Earlier this month, the Israeli military remotely detonated two of their spy devices after they were discovered by Hezbollah in Wadi al-Qaysiyya near the southern coastal city of Tyre.
According to Shalev, the troops are primarily preparing for a confrontation with Hezbollah.
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