IDF building 'Lebanese village' in northern Israel for combat training
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Monday laid the cornerstone for a mock Lebanese city to be built in northern Israel in order to prepare and train combat forces for a possible future conflict with Hezbollah, the army announced.
The "Snir" training facility will resemble a large Lebanese village, with a Hezbollah command and control headquarters, residential buildings, mosques, and public buildings from which forces can simulate rocket launches.
The IDF said in a statement that the facility will enable ground forces to be prepared for battle against Hezbollah. The facility is unique in that it has multiple entry points, and that it is large and wide enough to accommodate tanks, other vehicles, as well as the use of live ammunition during training -- something not possible in the country's other urban warfare training facilities.
A similar facility built at the southern army base of Tze’elim is designed to simulate urban combat against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
There has been rising speculation about the possibility of a new war between Israel and Hezbollah, a powerful Lebanese paramilitary organization, more than a decade after their last direct confrontation.
The 34-day conflict in 2006 led to the deaths of 1,200 people in Lebanon, mainly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
There have been periodic skirmishes along the UN-monitored demarcation line between Israel and Lebanon, longtime adversaries which are technically still at war with each other.
The Iran-backed militia Hezbollah never disarmed after Lebanon's devastating 1975-90 civil war and is the country's most powerful armed force.
Israel has expressed concern over whether Hezbollah's involvement in Syria's civil war will result in Iran increasing its power in the country.
With its formidable arsenal of missiles trained on the Jewish State, Hezbollah remains the most serious military threat facing Israel, a national security think tank claimed in a report released earlier this year.
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in the next war hezbolah starts send Lebanon back to the stone ages.... including Beirut