SAccording to the EFE news agency, the Israeli army suspended the holidays of all elements “following a new security assessment”, an argument that had already led on Wednesday to increase the number of personnel and reservists in the Air Force.

The alert is due to the possibility of attacks with missiles or ‘drones’ (unmanned devices) by Iran or one of its satellite militias in the region, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon.

“The Israel Defense Forces are at war and the issue of deploying forces is constantly reviewed, if necessary,” according to a statement from the military, information that raised concerns among the Israeli population.

In a meeting held today with the military hierarchy, the head of the Israeli military secret services, Aharon Haliva, stated: “It is not certain that the worst is over, there are complex days ahead.”

Shortly after, the army clarified that, for now, there are no changes to the instructions given to the civilian population, indicating there is no need to buy generators, store food or withdraw money from ATMs.

“We will immediately update any changes, if they are official and ordered,” the military assured in a message addressed to the public.

However, as an additional precaution and to avoid possible attacks, Israel today began deliberately interrupting the GPS service in the center of the country, after doing so for months on the northern border and in communities near the Gaza Strip.

Those who use geolocation applications, such as Waze, made in Israel, or Google Maps, must register interference and will be recognized as being in Beirut or Cairo, and other applications such as those that warn of anti-aircraft sirens may also be affected.

The War Cabinet led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to meet tonight.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday launched a serious threat to Israel after the attack that killed senior Iranian officials, including Mohamed Reza Zahedi, commander of the Quds Force (foreign special operations arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard) in Syria and in Lebanon.

“The attack will not go unanswered. The Zionists must know that they will never be able to achieve their evil goals through such inhumane actions,” said Raisi, while Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promised revenge.

The attack on Damascus was the worst blow to the elite military body since the death of Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general who led the Quds Force until he was killed by the Americans in 2020, in a bombing in Iraq.

Tension with Iran increases when there is an exchange of fire on the northern border between Israeli troops and the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, the most intense since the war they fought in 2006.

Since October 8 last year, one day after the start of the war between Israel and Hamas and when disputes began in the border area, around 370 people have died.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on Wednesday that Israel is “increasing its preparedness” for threats from across the Middle East and expanding its offensive operations against Hezbollah, which launches missiles daily, ‘ rockets’, ‘drones’ and artillery, to which Israel responds with bombings.

Iran and Israel have been involved in a climate of confrontation for several years.

Tel Aviv accuses Tehran – which it denies – of wanting to acquire the atomic bomb for military purposes, with the Israelis openly admitting that they intend to prevent such an advance and counter Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Iran, in turn, accuses Israel of being behind a series of sabotages and assassinations targeting Iran’s nuclear program.

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