On Monday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) informed that over 19,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in Lebanon due to Israeli forces’ attacks on the Lebanese Shia group, Hezbollah.
From Oct. 8 to 21, the IOM documented 19,646 internal displacements, with 6,792 occurring in the last three days of the studied period, coinciding with an escalation of clashes.
According to a map released by this United Nations agency, most of the displacements took place in southern Lebanon, a region bordering Israel.
Among the major host cities are Beirut, Sidon, and Tyre, where emergency shelters have been set up so far to provide refuge for those affected by the confrontations.
Since Oct. 8, the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah and Israeli forces have been engaged in cross-border attacks, with actions also claimed by Palestinian factions in Lebanese territory.
The violence has intensified with each passing day, leading to near-constant exchanges of fire, involving missile, rocket, and mortar launches by Hezbollah, and artillery or aerial attacks from the Israeli side.
This escalation has raised concerns that Lebanon may become a second front in the conflict between Israel and Gaza militants, while the Lebanese government maintains both domestic and international contacts in an effort to contain the situation.