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Gantz tells Israelis in north to 'be ready for tougher days'

Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz has traveled to northern Israel after an intensification of Hezbollah attacks there, warning of “tougher days” ahead, Israel’s Channel 12 has reported.

Gantz met with the mayors of several northern towns close to the frontier and told them: “Don’t complain about the present, because the future could be more problematic.”

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Syrian attacked US embassy in Beirut 'in support of Gaza'

The Syrian man who was arrested after a shooting near the U.S. embassy in Beirut on Wednesday has carried out the attack "in support of Gaza", a judicial official said.

A Lebanese national working for the embassy suffered light injuries to his eye after the assailant opened fire.

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'Escalation' in Lebanon would risk Israeli security, US warns

The United States has warned against an "escalation" in Lebanon after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of an operation, saying conflict would only harm Israeli security.

"We don't want to see that escalation of the conflict which would just lead to further loss of life from both Israelis and the Lebanese people and would greatly harm Israel's overall security and stability in the region," State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters Wednesday.

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One Israeli soldier killed, several injured in Hezbollah Hurfeish strike

An israeli drone targeted Thursday a motorbike in the southern border town of Aitaroun, as Israel ramped up in past weeks its targeting of Hezbollah fighters and allied militants in cars and on motorbikes in south Lebanon.

The Israeli army had carried out airstrikes overnight on the southern towns of al-Odaisseh, the Tyre District town of Wadi Jilo, and the outskirts of Siddiqin and Adshit, while artillery shelled al-Abbasieh, al-Wazzani and the outskirts of Aita al-Shaab.

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Israeli minister says army 'does not want' to go to war with Hezbollah

The Israeli army “does not want to go to war in the north” against Hezbollah, far-right Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich decried on Wednesday.

Asked whether the Israeli army is preventing a war in Lebanon, Smotrich replied: “We need to ask the IDF (Israeli army) hard questions and challenge it, not leave a blank check for commanders who tell us they are ready for a campaign in two theaters and at the moment of truth they fold.”

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Mikati denies receiving warnings about Israeli attack on Lebanon

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati for his part denied receiving “warnings that the Israeli enemy might wage a large-scale attack on Lebanon.”

“Mr. Prime Minister stresses that these leaks and reports are baseless and are part of the pressures that are being exerted on Lebanon,” his press office said.

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Netanyahu says Israel prepared for 'very strong action' on Lebanon front

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured the northern Israeli settlement of Kiryat Shmona on Wednesday, emphasizing Israel's readiness to take “decisive” action against threats from Lebanon.

Netanyahu also visited an observation point in the settlement, where he was briefed on the recent fires sparked by Hezbollah attacks and the firefighting efforts.

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EU rewards journalists in 19th edition of Samir Kassir Award

The Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon and the Samir Kassir Foundation have announced the results of the 19th edition of the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press, in a ceremony held at the Sursock Palace Gardens, in Beirut.

This Award, established and funded by the European Union, is recognized internationally as a flagship prize for press freedom and the most prestigious journalism award in the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf region.

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Border clashes heat up as HRW slams Israel use of white phosphorus

Hezbollah targeted Wednesday groups of soldiers in the Berkat Risha and the Malkia posts, after Israeli drones raided overnight the southern coastal town of al-Naqoura and the outskirts of al-Jebbayn, Aita al-Shaab and Ramia.

Hezbollah also said it had attacked soldiers in the Hanita forest Tuesday evening.

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Syrian gunman wounded and arrested after attacking US embassy in Awkar

A Syrian was arrested after a shooting near the U.S. embassy in Beirut on Wednesday, the Lebanese army said, with the embassy saying its staff were safe.

The embassy, in the northern suburb of Awkar, "was subjected to gunfire by a person holding Syrian nationality," the army said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter.

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