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Israel conducts military drill near Lebanon border

Israeli military vehicles during the operation to 'expose and thwart' cross-border tunnels allegedly dug by Hezbollah along border with Lebanon on 5 December 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli military vehicles during an operation along the border with Lebanon on 5 December 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

The Israeli army launched a two-day military drill yesterday in the Upper Galilee near the Lebanese border, they said in a statement that was cited in local media.

"A considerable troop activity will take place as part of the exercise, as well as explosions and flare launches," Jerusalem Post reported.

The Israeli army banned swimming along the coast between Rosh HaNikra and the Ziv Bridge, until the end of the exercise.

The drill is part of the Israeli army's training plan for 2020 in an effort to maintain the forces' readiness and effectiveness, according to the statement.

The Israeli army conducts frequent drills throughout the year, especially in the southern area near the border with the Gaza Strip and in the north near the Lebanese and Syrian borders. It also trains personnel to prepare them for evacuating settlers during times of war.

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