IDF puts finishing touches on mass evacuation plan in case of war with Hezbollah
By NOAM AMIR/MAARIV HASHAVUA
September 2, 2015 07:48
Israeli authorities have already made contingency plans in the eventuality that hostilities are re-ignited with the Shi'ite group Hezbollah just over the border in Lebanon.
According to the latest emergency evacuation plans formulated by the IDF, residents of the northern frontier towns that are in closest vicinity to the border will be evacuated. These communities would instead be used to quarter soldiers from elite units.
The decision to evacuate civilians in the North stems from expert assessments according to which the next round of fighting with Hezbollah will seriously disrupt the daily routine within Israel.
Military planners are in the final stages of putting together detailed evacuation plans, which are due to be soon submitted to the political-civilian leadership for approval.
The plan, in its entirety, will be revealed to the public in the official, IDF-sanctioned soldier-run weekly magazine Bamahane.