34243Following Cabinet decision: Ground operation expanded
- Aug 1 1:20 AMYnetnews
Aug. 1, 2006
Following Cabinet decision: Ground operation expanded
Five divisions - three infantry and two armored corps - complete
preparations in southern Lebanon ahead of advancement deeper into
Lebanon and possible joining of reserve divisions
by Hanan Greenberg
A number of hours after a Security Cabinet meeting in which it was
decided to widen the ground operation Lebanon, large IDF forces began
operating simultaneously along a number of areas on the border.
On Monday, forces from the Paratroopers Division began operating in a
different region, while overnight additional forces from the Golani and
Paratroopers Division to areas in southern Lebanon to carry out searches
after infrastructures and Hizbullah caches.
As armored corps divisions joined operations overnight, preparations by
five full divisions in the area were complete - this is the largest
force that has operated in the area during the current campaign.
IDF soldiers in southern Lebanon. Preparing for broadened operation
The five divisions will be joined in the coming days by reserve soldiers
drafted last week.
During the night, in operations aimed at seizing the initiative aimed at
striking Hizbullah infrastructures, infantry and armored corps soldiers
captured dominating positions in the town of al-Taibeh and also operated
in the villages of al-Adaisah and Rav al-Taltin, west of Metula. The
villages, according to the IDF, have been used as launch zones to fire
rockets at Israel.
During operations Hizbullah members opened fire and shelled IDF forced,
but there were no injuries.
Following nearly four hours of discussions, Security Cabinet ministers
overwhelmingly approved the expansion of IDF ground operations in south
Lebanon, after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert clarified earlier Monday in a
speech that there would be no ceasefire in the upcoming days.
The aim of the widened offensive is to attain real achievements on the
ground in weakening Hizbullah before the window of opportunity closes
this weekend when the UN Security Council is expected to decide on
Just hours after the conclusion of the meeting, witnesses reported that
Israeli warplanes targeted the Hizbullah stronghold of Hermel deep
inside Lebanon early Tuesday, despite Israel's 48 hours suspension of
air strikes. Warplanes fired at least five air-to-surface missiles on
the town, witnesses said. Another strike targeted an area near the