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Israel to hold large military drill along Lebanon border

The drill will start on Tuesday and go on till September 14.

world Updated: Sep 05, 2017 00:10 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Jerusalem
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2017.(AFP)

Israel is gearing up to hold its largest military drill in nearly 20 years, a combined arms exercise along its border with Lebanon at a time of rising tensions with Iran and Hezbollah.

A military official said on Monday that the joint exercise, which will begin Tuesday and involve thousands of ground, sea and air forces, will prepare soldiers for “preserving the current stability in the northern sector.”

The exercise will also incorporate Israel’s multi-layered missile defense systems.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, says the drill will run through September 14.

Israel has voiced growing concerns about Iran’s buildup in neighbouring Syria and Hezbollah’s alleged stockpiling of weapons in southern Lebanon.

First Published: Sep 05, 2017 00:10 IST