The Israel Defense Forces has withdrawn the last of its troops, two and a half months after entering Lebanon. The IDF has reduced the number of soldiers stationed over the border over the past few days. Under the cover of darkness, IDF tanks and armored vehicles began moving across the Lebanese side of the border, returning to Israel.
The IDF received the green light on Saturday from Defense Minister Amir Peretz to withdraw the remaining troops before Yom Kippur, which begins Sunday evening.
The IDF’s Northern Command will continue to carefully monitor events in southern Lebanon despite the presence of UNIFIL on the border. Neither the Lebanese Army nor the international force intends to disarm Hizballah. Israel Defense Forces reinforcements will remain in northern border outposts and measures will be taken to protect the northern border against possible terrorist attacks.