Forty-two members of the Jewish Federation of Orange County, including a number of Newport-Mesa residents, flew out of Israel this week just a day after violence erupted at the Lebanon border.
Others from the center stayed behind as trouble escalated in both the north and south regions of the country.
On Thursday, the group from the federation, consisting of both adults and children, boarded a plane at the end of a 12-day mission through Israel. The day before, the Hezbollah terrorist group had launched a major offensive in the north, firing missiles at towns and military targets, while a separate conflict with Palestinian militants continued south in Gaza.
On Friday, Israeli officials vowed to destroy Hezbollah, which is headquartered in Lebanon, raising the potential for violence and conflict even higher.