Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson / Flash 90
IDF paratroopers brigade conducts a brigade-level parachute jump as part of a surprise military drill, in 2012.

IDF special forces are training in Cyprus to fight Hezbollah, the IDF said.

The troops sent to the Mediterranean island nation included both active duty and reserve soldiers from the 98th Paratroopers Division, special forces from the Elite Shayetet 13 Navy Unit, and Air Force units as well.

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The week-long joint military drill with Cypriot forces, which continues through June 3, comes in the final week of the month-long IDF “Chariots of Fire” military exercise.

Last year, the Chariots of Fire exercise was suddenly canceled when the IDF was deployed to respond to missile attacks by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, which is also generously supported by Iran. The attacks proved to be the start of an 11-day mini-war later named as Operation Guardian of the Walls.

This year’s Chariot of Fire exercise is aimed at “improving the readiness of troops and their competence in operational missions deep in enemy territory,” during a multi-front war, the IDF said.

The drills are also intended to improve military coordination with emergency organizations, government ministries and local authorities.

Scenarios are being played out in urban and rural areas, and mountainous terrain similar to that of Lebanon.

The exercise will simulate war against Iran’s Lebanese proxy terror group, Hezbollah, and is to include simulation of air strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities as well.

Soldiers will also practice dropping logistics equipment using heavy transport squadrons, and evacuating wounded colleagues by helicopter.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.