With threats of Hezbollah raising the prospect of full-blown war with Israel, the Canadian government is making contingencies to evacuate its citizens from Lebanon.

Over the weekend, Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly informed her Israeli counterpart Yisrael Katz that its military forces are preparing to extract 45,000 Canadian nationals currently in Lebanon. Katz in response tried assuring Joly that Israel is taking decisive action to neutralize Hezbollah’s aggression, according to I24 News.

For the thousands of Canadians who could suddenly find themselves in the crosshairs of Iranian-backed violence, the Trudeau government’s evacuation orders reflect a sober assessment that the path toward de-escalation is rapidly vanishing.

On Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed to attack Israel by “land, sea and air” if the Jewish State declares war against his terror organization.

“In case an inclusive war is imposed on Lebanon, the resistance will fight without restraints, without rules, without limits,” Nasrallah said in a televised statement accompanied by images of Israeli landmarks.

He also cautioned Cyprus for supporting Israel by declaring, “Cypriot airports and bases to the Israeli enemy to target Lebanon would mean that the Cypriot government is part of the war.”

In response, Foreign Minister Katz took to social media to condemn Nasrallah’s warning.

“Israel cannot allow the Hezbollah terror organization to continue attacking its territory and citizens, and soon we will make the necessary decisions. The free world must unconditionally stand with Israel in its war against the axis of evil led by Iran and extremist Islam. Our war is also your war, and Nasrallah’s threat to Cyprus is just the beginning,” Katz wrote on X.

Just last week, the Israeli military reportedly approved operational plans for a large-scale assault to dismantle Hezbollah’s formidable rocket arsenal aimed at Israeli civilian populations.

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