Israeli maneuvers in Cyprus … in preparation of a possible confrontation against Hezbollah and Iran

Hundreds of Israeli army soldiers, including special forces, headed to Cyprus on Sunday to participate in the final week of a major month-long exercise simulating the war against Lebanese Hezbollah militia and the bombing of Iranian nuclear facilities. .

According to the Israeli army, the exercises – which are conducted together with the Cypriot army – are aimed at “improving the readiness and efficiency of the forces in operational missions. in deep into enemy territory “, in referring to Lebanon, according to the newspaper, “The times of Israel”. of Israel.

The military said both recruits and reservists from the 98th Parachute Division, along with other Air Force and Special Forces units – such as the 13th Marine Chaetet Unit – are taking part in the exercises in Cyprus.

According to the IDF, among other things, the drills will simulate the evacuation of the wounded in helicopter and logistic equipment launch in heavy transport squadrons.

The Israeli army has said that the exercises will take place in various areas, including urban and rural areas in a mountainous terrain similar to Lebanon.

Even during the last week of an important drill, called “Charios of Fire “, the Air Force will simulate air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities in the Mediterranean.

The Chariots exercise of Fire, scheduled to run until June 3, is the largest military exercise in decades.

He focused on sudden events taking place in multiple theaters at the same time, with particular attention to the fight against Hezbollah, backed by Iran, in Lebanon.

Military officials said the exercises are intended to increase the efficiency and readiness of troops and senior officers for warfare on multiple fronts, as well as coordination with other emergency organizations, local authorities and government ministries.

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