The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have initiated a new specialized mountaineering brigade to enhance operations along its contentious borders with Lebanon and Syria in light of escalating tensions tied to their ongoing war in the Gaza Strip.

Revealed on Tuesday, March 19th, the formation of the Heharim, or Mountain, Brigade aligns with strategic responses to the evolving dynamics along the northern frontiers, as determined by current military assessments.

Under Colonel Liron Appleman’s leadership, the brigade will integrate into the 210th Division, focusing its operations within the Mount Hermon and Mount Dov areas, territories currently overseen by the 810th Hermon Brigade. The brigade will begin its specialized operations in rugged terrain and mountain warfare in the upcoming weeks.