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Lebanon suffers heavy costs as tens of thousands are evacuated due to war

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Feb 13, 2024

The escalation against Hezbollah has been concentrated in the border area with Lebanon, in contrast to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Despite Tehran’s involvement, and the meeting between Hezbollah Secretary General and Iranian Foreign Minister, Nasrallah is aware of the destruction from the Second Lebanon War and is careful about public opinion. Lebanon is facing a severe economic crisis, with an annual inflation rate of 192% and constant erosion of the Lebanese pound. The economic situation may contribute to the recruitment of citizens from the weaker strata into the ranks of Hezbollah.

The fighting at the current intensity in southern Lebanon is causing serious damage to the devastated economy in the region, with infrastructure, roads, buildings, and agricultural lands being affected. This has led to the evacuation of over 86,000 people from southern Lebanon, impacting the entire economy of Lebanon, as the south is a focus of agricultural activity.

Hezbollah, a terrorist organization with a jihadist, military identity, also presents itself as the ‘defender of Lebanon,’ making it a ‘hybrid entity’ with a social, political organization. Nasrallah is aware of the potential for destruction of Lebanon and is cautious in his actions. The economic consequences of the fighting on both sides give reason for optimism that efforts of the mediator Amos Hochstein will yield calm.

The potential for the destruction of Lebanon, when the country is in continuous economic chaos, is a reason why, despite the difficult days of battle, this is not the war with Hezbollah. There is hope that a mediator will be successful in determining the land border between Israel and Lebanon, to resolve disputes.

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