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Israeli army holds training exercises along border with Lebanon

 Israel’s army announced on Saturday that it was increasing readiness along the Israel-Lebanon border, performing “intensive training exercises” amid cross-border escalation.

The exercises, performed over the past week by the Northern Reservist Paratroopers Brigade, involved live fire and urban warfare, combining tanks, combat engineering, infantry, and artillery forces, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement.

The aim is “to enhance readiness for combat on the northern border,” the statement read, adding that the exercises “prepared troops for combat in densely populated urban areas, winter weather conditions, and in the northern terrain.”

“Despite the winter weather, the rain, the mud, and the fog, and after 113 days of defending the northern border, this week we carried out a series of difficult and complex exercises to strengthen the Brigade’s readiness,” said Deputy Commander of the 226th Brigade, identified only by his first name, Yehuda. ■

Famagusta Gazette