From the Border to the Litani River

...Four Lines of Defense
Hezbollah’s lines of defense are meant to preserve their primary assets: the heads of the organization, its headquarters, and its capability to launch projectiles at Israel's homefront. For this purpose, they established four primary lines.

The first line, in close proximity to the international border, is for collecting intelligence within the villages and for deterrence; it is not meant to block IDF forces.

The second line protects the expanses near villages where the headquarters and the launch sites are located. This line contains engineering obstacles on the axes, while the outskirts of the villages are controlled with antitank and sniper fire. This line also contains underground systems intended for combat, command and control, and to transfer backup logistics to forces between the headquarters and various combat layouts.

The third line is located just outside the village, city, or compound, and its purpose is to protect assets when defense measures change according to the defense objective.

The fourth line (a major change Hezbollah made) is indicative of the organization’s operational perception. This line represents a combat expanse built from the north of the Litani River. It provides resistance for the more distant launch layouts, launch continuity, and an operational breathing space. The establishment of this expanse also addresses the possibility of the IDF vertically outflanking Hezbollah by sea or from the air, and supports the foremost lines of defense, especially from the perspective of troop morale....

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