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    Israel and Lebanon Are Prepping for a War Neither Wants, But Many Fear It’s Becoming Inevitable

    Israel and Lebanon Are Prepping for a War Neither Wants, But Many Fear It’s Becoming Inevitable

    — The prospect of a full-scale war between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia terrifies people on both sides of the border, but some see it as an inevitable fallout from Israel's ongoing war against Hamas in .

    Such a war could be the most destructive either side has ever experienced.

    Israel and Hezbollah each have lessons from their last war, in 2006, a monthlong conflict that ended in a draw. They've also had four months to prepare for another war, even as the United States tries to prevent a widening of the conflict.

    Here's a look at each side's preparedness, how war might unfold and what's being done to prevent it.

    What happened in 2006?

    The 2006 war, six years after Israeli forces withdrew from south Lebanon, erupted after Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers and killed several others in a cross-border raid.

    Israel launched a full-scale and ground offensive and imposed a blockade that aimed to free the hostages and destroy Hezbollah's military capabilities — a mission that ultimately failed.

    Israeli bombing leveled large swaths of south Lebanon and Beirut's southern suburbs. Hezbollah fired thousands of unguided rockets into northern Israel communities.

    The conflict killed some 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

    A United resolution ending the war called for withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon and a demilitarized zone on Lebanon's side of the…

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