Israel says some communities near Gaza can return soon


JERUSALEM: Some of the Israeli communities north of the Gaza Strip that were evacuated in the wake of the October 7 attack by Hamas will be able to go back in the near future as military operations progress, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said on Monday.

Gallant said some of the evacuated communities in areas within a range of four to seven kilometres north of the enclave would be able to return home soon, according to published remarks from a briefing.

Israeli military says it struck Hezbollah targets in Lebanon

Meanwhile, the Israeli military said on Monday it struck a series of targets in Lebanon, including ‘military sites’ where Hezbollah was operating.

It said that earlier five soldiers were wounded by cross-border fire from Lebanon.

The military said that its troops and aircraft “struck a series of targets in Lebanon, including terrorist infrastructure, military sites in which Hezbollah terrorists were operating, and launch posts.”

Hezbollah says three of its fighters killed in southern Lebanon

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement said on its Telegram account on Monday that three of its fighters were killed in southern Lebanon.

The statement gave no detail about how the three were killed but said they “were martyred on the road to (liberate) Jerusalem”.

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