Israel warns Lebanon of ‘all-out war’ as US seeks to defuse hostilities

TOPSHOT – Smoke rises from the site of an Israeli airstrike on Zipkin in southern Lebanon on June 12, 2024.

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Israel’s military has authorized an offensive against Lebanon after cross-border fire, as talk of “all-out war” fueled concerns about the Gaza conflict spreading across the wider Middle East.

“Operational plans for an offensive in Lebanon were approved and verified, and decisions were made regarding increasing the readiness of troops in the field,” the Israeli army said on Tuesday night in a statement by Israel Defense Forces commanders. It involves the mobilization of troops to a neighboring country.

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