As Tensions in South Lebanon Subside, IDF Opens More Border Crossings

The Israel Defense Force appears to have the situation along Israel’s northern border well in hand and the number of border crossings has been increased to facilitate the movement of hundreds of Lebanese villagers who commute to jobs in Israel every day.

According to a senior IDF officer, quoted by Davar Wednesday, there has been a significant decrease in recent months of the number of incidents, clashes and attacks carried out or foiled along the northern border. They have declined by 50 percent compared to the previous year, he said.

In addition, it was found that about 65 percent of the clashes between the IDF and terrorist bands now occur on the northern fringe of the Israeli-controlled security zone in southern Lebanon, rather than within the zone, Al Hamishmar reported.

Within the framework of Israel’s “good fence” policy, an additional opening has been provided near Kibbutz Malchia for Lebanese villagers entering and leaving Israel. A second border crossing was established near Nabatiyeh in southern Lebanon to allow residents of the security zone access to the rest of Lebanon for family visits to Sidon and Beirut.

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