Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, says Hezbollah will make “the mistake of its life” if it starts a war with Israel, as tensions continue to surge on the Israel-Lebanon border.

Netanyahu visited troops on the Lebanese border in northern Israel where mounting artillery exchanges have heightened fears of a new war front opening as Israel battles Hamas in Gaza.

The Israeli defence ministry yesterday ordered 14 additional communities to join dozens that have already been evacuated from the border area.

Hezbollah is allied with Hamas, which touched off the latest violence with an October 7 rampage that killed at least 1,400 people in Israel, according to authorities.

Israel has retaliated with relentless strikes on Hamas in the Gaza Strip that have killed more than 4,650 Palestinians, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

It has in parallel exchanged fire with Hezbollah across its northern border.

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