UNIFIL Says Situation Calm as Israeli Troops Cross Border Fence

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The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reassured Sunday that the situation on the southern border is calm after Israeli drilling outside the border fence stoked the already heightened tensions in the area.

The tensions surged after dozens of Israeli troops and a Poclain excavator crossed the electronic border fence and started drilling works near the U.N.-demarcated Blue Line.

The move prompted the Lebanese Army and UNIFIL peacekeepers to go on alert in the area.

The National News Agency said the Israeli excavator erected a sand barrier around 20 meters away from the Blue Line as Israeli troops deployed behind it and a surveillance balloon hovered over the Kroum al-Sharraqi area.

The Israeli army also brought dozens of military vehicles and Merkava tanks to a military route behind the border as an MK drone overflew the tense area.

The Israeli troops deployed “very close” to Lebanese soldiers on the opposite side of the border, the Lebanese National News Agency said.

Israeli forces also put blue marks on some rocks near the Blue Line and extended a black cable on the ground.

“UNIFIL forces intercepted them when they tried to install a barbed wire in a disputed area,” NNA said.

The Lebanese Army meanwhile reinforced its positions in the area and brought vehicles carrying 106mm guns to the border town of Mays al-Jabal.

UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti said the situation remains calm and that no Blue Line violation was recorded, reassuring that U.N. peacekeepers are present on the ground to monitor the situation and preserve stability.

“They are working in coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Mission’s command is engaged with the parties to maintain stability,” NNA quoted him as saying.

The Israeli army said Tuesday that it had launched an operation to “neutralize” suspected “attack tunnels” allegedly dug by Hizbullah across the frontier.

It said its activities will remain confined to Israeli territory but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have warned that the military “may have to operate inside Lebanon.”

Comments 8
Thumb doodle-dude 09 December 2018, 17:49

"The Lebanese Army meanwhile reinforced its positions in the area and brought vehicles carrying 106mm guns to the border town of Mays al-Jabal."

looool

Thumb Mystic 09 December 2018, 21:39

Very funny, if your American friends had anything else to give the Army.
But ofcourse you are happy the Israelis got the upper hand against them.
Thank God we have the Resistance Hezbollah.

Thumb liberty 10 December 2018, 01:59

Why doesn't your shia terrorist hezbollah give the army a 'few' of their iranian rockets ya irani?

Missing arturo 09 December 2018, 18:03

Lebanon obviously operated within Israel to construct the tunnel, so it doesn't make sense for Lebanon to complain about a little Israeli activity on its territory.

Missing bigjohn 09 December 2018, 22:47

The LAF MUST get advanced S-400 missiles to shoot down Israeli terrorists violating our airspace. Until then, the Lebanese have a right to dig tunnels underspace in Occupied Palestine.

Thumb whyaskwhy 10 December 2018, 01:57

Yes Lebanon must get MIG 31s and nuclear missiles as well as a few submarines and 23 aircraft carriers. We dont have a government and no electricity not to mention running water. Yet the bonehead teenagers here want to wage a war with 1960 weapons and are asking for more? Why dont you guys go back to your Nintendo's and leave the comments to others who have constructive things to say.

Thumb libanaisresilient 10 December 2018, 08:42

If you're right about Hezbollah weapons, why America and co. still didn't dare to eliminate it?

Thumb doodle-dude 10 December 2018, 13:37

lol @ 'Christian not Shia, but only Sympathizer':)