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Israel approves plan against Lebanon amid rising tensions

Mairenis Gomez

June 20, 2024 | 11:00 a.m.

Rising tensions between Israel and Lebanon threaten to trigger an all-out war

In recent months, the region has experienced an escalation of violence that threatens to destabilize the Middle East. Israel's war against Gaza has increased tensions, with almost daily clashes between Israeli forces and Hezbollah. The situation has escalated to the point that Israel has announced that its plans for an offensive in Lebanon are "approved and validated."

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz has issued strong warnings. Katz has noted that Hezbollah will be destroyed in a "total war" and that Lebanon will suffer a severe blow. This statement comes in a context of increased attacks and combats on the border, where gunshots and artillery bombardments have been recorded.

Humanitarian impact and international response to the crisis in Gaza and Lebanon

In Gaza, the situation is equally critical. Witnesses have reported heavy shelling in areas such as the Nuseirat refugee camp, resulting in numerous civilian casualties. Al-Awda hospital has reported receiving the bodies of several "martyrs" and numerous wounded, underscoring the seriousness of the humanitarian crisis.

US President Joe Biden has called for the implementation of a ceasefire plan, suggesting it is "the best way to end the violence." This plan, backed by US envoy Amos Hochstein, seeks to end the conflict in Gaza and reduce tensions between Israel and Hezbollah. However, Katz's statements suggest that Israel could be preparing for an escalation of the conflict.

Hezbollah provokes with drones and Israel responds with threats of total war

Additionally, in Lebanon, Hezbollah has released videos showing drones flying over northern Israel, a clear provocation that has been met with threats of all-out war by Israel. Biden's proposal includes an initial pause in fighting and the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli hostages. However, the effectiveness of this plan remains uncertain amid growing hostilities.

Internal challenges in Israel: criticism and protests

Inside Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces growing criticism for his handling of the Gaza war and the hostage crisis. Thousands of citizens have demonstrated in front of Parliament, demanding early elections and a solution for the release of the hostages. These protests reflect popular discontent with the current administration and desperation for a change in government policy.

Even in Rafah, the Israeli army has announced a temporary suspension of fighting to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid. However, the situation remains critical, with access to aid severely limited by security factors and restrictions at crossing points. The international community, including the United Nations, has expressed concern about the humanitarian situation and urged all parties to allow the delivery of aid.

The situation is aggravated by the recent statement by Israel's Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, who has warned of a possible "total war."

Escalation of violence in Gaza and humanitarian crisis: a challenge for the international community

Israel's war on Gaza has killed more than 37,000 people, and attacks by Palestinian militants have resulted in the capture of 251 hostages, of whom 116 remain in Gaza. United Nations human rights chief Volker Turk has condemned the disregard for human rights and the excessive death and suffering in the region.

Ultimately, The escalation of violence between Israel and Lebanon, together with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, represents one of the most complex and delicate situations in the Middle East. The international community must intensify its efforts to mediate the conflict and avoid an all-out war that could have devastating consequences for the entire region.

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