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Tensions over the Lebanese-Israeli border

The Israeli army announced that it will conduct military exercises on the Lebanese border, until next Tuesday.

This morning, the official spokesman of the Israeli army, Avichai Adraei, published a tweet on his official account on “Twitter”, in which he confirmed that his country will conduct a military exercise on the Lebanese border that will last until Tuesday evening.

Adraee stated that during the military exercise, active movement of military vehicles will be observed, and explosions will be heard in the area, noting that this military exercise was planned in advance within the framework of the annual training plan for 2022.

In the same context, the Hebrew radio said, last Thursday, that if the border demarcation crisis with Lebanon is not resolved, Israel may enter the war in the north, claiming that there is a fear that if this crisis is not resolved within a few weeks, it may be in a state of war in the north. .

Israeli political sources also said that the American mediator, Amos Hochstein, will return next week to Beirut and Tel Aviv to complete the maritime border demarcation agreement between the two countries, according to Hebrew media.

The White House had announced that US President Joe Biden had assured Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid of the importance of concluding negotiations on the maritime borders between Israel and Lebanon in the coming weeks. to reach an agreement to end the maritime dispute.

Negotiations between Lebanon and Israel to demarcate the maritime borders mediated by the United States began in 2020, where Lebanon initially announced its possession of about 860 square kilometers (332 square miles) of water, but modified the offer to include an additional 1,430 square kilometers that includes part of the Gazkarish field, which is claimed by Israel completely and refuses to discuss Lebanon’s conditions around it.

The issue of demarcation of maritime borders is of great importance to Lebanon in the field of energy exploration, as this country has been suffering from a stifling economic crisis for years that has significantly affected the energy sector throughout the country.

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