‘No electricity, no cell phone service, no medicine’ – Israeli mayor warns of massive disruptions in Lebanon war

”At least 4,000 missiles a day’ – Israeli civilians could face unprecedented missile barrages if war breaks out on northern front, leading to days without electricity, cell phone reception, or medication.

By World Israel News Staff

Israeli civilians could face massive disruptions to the power supply, distribution of medicine, and telecommunications should a full-scale war break out between Israel and Lebanon, a mayor from northern Israel warned Monday.

Speaking with Radio Tzafon 104.5FM, Roy Levi, Mayor of the Haifa suburb of Nesher and the deputy chairman of the Federal of Local Authorities in Israel, shared details of the preparations for a possible war with Lebanon, including some of the scenarios civilians could face in the event of massive missile barrages by Hezbollah.

The last large-scale direct confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah, prior to the latter’s attacks on Israel beginning on October 8th, took place during the summer of 2006, sparked by a cross-border attack by Hezbollah on an IDF unit on the Israeli side of the frontier.

During the ensuing war, Hezbollah terrorists launched roughly 4,000 rockets and missiles at Israel. A total of 167 people in Israel were killed and over 2,600 wounded, both military and civilian, during the month-long conflict.

Today, Hezbollah boasts an arsenal estimated to include as many as 150,000 rockets and missiles, including many of greater payload and sophistication than the group possessed in 2006.

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Hezbollah’s offensive capabilities have been further bolstered by the expanded use of drone aircraft for both surveillance and targeted strikes, leading to concerns in Israel that a full war against the terror group could lead to crippling missile attacks against northern and even central Israel.

Should a full-scale war with the terror group break out, Levi warned, northern Israel would likely face massive barrages of “at least 4,000 missiles” per day.

“We hear that they are preparing for a bad scenario of at least 4,000 missiles on our area in a day,” Levi said.

The attacks could seriously damage Israel’s infrastructure, including the power supply, leaving Israelis without electricity, supplies, or cell phone service for days.

“Therefore, all these stories that the power grid won’t be hit or that it will be repaired immediately; I don’t see people going to repair anything with 4,000 missiles a day.”

“We need to prepare for at least 72 difficult hours, maybe even more, I say plan for even a week. I’m sure that by the end of that week, there won’t be a remanent of Lebanon left and they will beg for a ceasefire. But we need to be tough and be part of the war since the strong backing that we will give to the IDF will allow the IDF to win and take out the threat from the north.”

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“In all of the scenarios that simulate, the talk is of a minimum of 72 hours without power. And I tell people to prepare for more than that, since if there are 72 hours without power or even just 24 hours, it’s better to be ready when there are no medicines or a way to warm up food for babies and you have no way to use the basic necessary facilities. If the cell tower’s power is restored, it doesn’t help if the phone’s battery is dead.”