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Israel prepares evacuation plan for Golan Heights, Galilee settlements

Israeli authorities had prepared comprehensive evacuation plan for the Israeli settlements in the occupied Golan Heights and Galilee in case a new war erupts on the northern border, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported yesterday.

According to the website, settlers from 15 border settlements would be moved to settlements in the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. The evacuation would be organised by the army and the local authorities.

The plan, Maariv said, is part of the Israel’s preparations for a potential eruption of military confrontation or a war with Hezbollah.

According to the plan, the settlers would be hosted in government institutions such as schools, and they would be official guests of the government. Settlers in the host settlements would also be given the choice to host fellow settlers if they would like to do so.

Maariv reported that the regional settlement council in Jabal Al-Sheikh (Mount Hermon) also prepared a similar plan that included the relocation of its settlers to settlements in the Negev.

In a confrontation with Hezbollah, Israel expects the group to carry out operations within its borders and use new equipment.

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