Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah Fighters conduct warfare in residential areas, where an Israeli soldier is shot and wounded, and what ensues is his squad clearing out second floor while a medic rushes over to aid the fallen soldier. Meanwhile, gunfire echoes down the stairs as the medic works on the wound.
The Israeli military experienced this kind of brutal house-to-house warfare during its inconclusive 2006 war with Hezbollah. As it trains in a mock village in its base in this northern Israeli town, it is recreating similar battle scenarios as it prepares for the next confrontation with the Lebanese militant group. Officials say such a conflict could erupt at any time.
While the world has focused its attention on the turmoil in Egypt following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, Israel is keeping a close eye on its northern flank, where officials say the Syrian civil war, and Hezbollah’s increasing involvement there, have created a combustible mix that could draw in Israel with little notice.
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