While Israel continues to bombard the Gaza Strip, the army must guard the northern border of Lebanon, where Hezbollah militias fire daily on the border cities on the Israeli side. About 80,000 Israelis living in the area were displaced. RFI was at the border talking to soldiers and residents of one of the evacuated kibbutzs.
Against the backdrop of the war in Gaza and “in support of the Palestinians,” the Lebanese Hezbollah fires rockets into northern Israel every day. One of the targets hit was the Sasa kibbutz, where RFI had access. The impact of a Kornet anti-tank missile can be seen on its walls.
But despite these attacks, Israel seems unprepared for a full confrontation with Hezbollah. For Major David Baroukh, Israeli army spokesman, “Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese government. We don’t want to eliminate it, but we want to eliminate the threat it poses to our northern border. We just want it to disappear. That’s all.” For this reason, the Israeli army is also bombing southern Lebanon every day.
About 80,000 Israelis living near the Lebanese-Israeli border were displaced. Shmuel Halimi is a resident of Kibbutz Sasa and explained to us that “the government has decided to evacuate all towns, cities, and moshavim (farming communities) within a 4 km radius of the border.”
Shmuel and his wife Yaëlle regularly return to their home in Kibbutz Sasa, two and a half kilometers from Lebanon. For him, “it is very frustrating and difficult not to be at home. Not knowing what will happen. Not knowing if it will be more or less dangerous… No one has announced a date. When can we go home? It’s hard for everyone.”
The exchange of fire between Israel and Hezbollah left a dozen dead on the Israeli side. About 200 people died in Lebanon.