An Israel Defense Forces unit stationed on the Lebanese border in the Ramim Ridge area fired warning shots on Sunday morning after spotting Lebanese soldiers crossing the Blue Line, according to Israeli media reports. The Lebanese troops withdrew following the warning fire, and the IDF continued its operations as normal, according to Ynet. The Blue Line, which runs for 120 kilometers along Lebanon’s southern frontier, is a “line of withdrawal” set by the United Nations in 2000 for the purpose of confirming the withdrawal of Israeli forces from south Lebanon.
Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi has begun a screening process for women soldiers who wish to serve in combat units previously only open to male personnel, the Israeli military announced on Tuesday. The units, described by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit as requiring significant combat roles, include the elite Unit 669 airborne combat rescue; the elite Combat Engineering Corps Yahalom unit, which specializes in engineering breaches and sabotage operations; and the Mobility Unit of the Infantry Corps, which uses vehicles to transfer critical logistical and other types of supplies.