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Israel Restricts Movement of Inhabitants in Areas Near Lebanon Borders

(AWP) - The Israeli army has imposed restrictions on the movement of inhabitants in several areas close to the border with Lebanon, where clashes with the Lebanese group Hezbollah are escalating.

The army notified the inhabitants of Upper Galilee and Galilee of movement restrictions in the areas of Sasa, Elkosh, Even Menachem, Adamit and Arab al-Aramshe.

Adib Maz’al, Chairman of the Emergency Committee in the village of Arab al-Aramshe, Galilee, said that unfortunately there had been negligence by the government towards the residents who have been evacuated to hotels, as well as those who have independently rented places outside the village.

“It has been nearly five months and so far, we have not seen a single high-level government figure, whether a minister, deputy minister or a Knesset member, visiting us locals who have left our homes to get to know about our needs, despite our constant calls,” he added.

“We have sent several messages about our needs and that we are seeking aid, but all our calls have fallen on deaf ears,” noted Maz’al.

Ella Waweya, the Israeli army’s Deputy Commander of the Arabic Spokespersons Unit, said that these restrictions aim to cause more losses to the group Hezbollah, and to “strip it of its capabilities.”

“The Israeli army is exerting four key efforts: Defense, attack, preparedness, and internal front work,” Waweya told the Arab World Press (AWP).

Amna Abbas, a displaced woman from the village of Arab al-Aramshe, said the situation is so dire that it would be difficult to go to her house, since it is located in the border area.

“They have even placed army cameras near the house, which could be struck any moment. This is harmful to our home and to us,” she added.

Exhanges of fire between the Israeli army, on one hand, and the Hezbollah group and armed Palestinian factions in Lebanon on the other, have taken place on a near-daily basis since the Israel war on the Gaza Strip began on 7 October.