Army, UNIFIL Go on Alert as Israel Tries to Enter Disputed Area in Adaisseh

An Israeli force on Tuesday attempted to open the metal gate between the Misgav Am settlement and the eastern entrance of the southern town of Adaisseh with the aim of conducting repair works in an area disputed by Lebanon, the Lebanese National News Agency reported.

The Israeli army brought a bulldozer amid “strict security protection from troops and around seven military vehicles,” NNA said, adding that the soldiers opened the gate and sent a tracker dog through it for a period of time before closing it again.

The move was accompanied by Israeli overflights at medium altitude above the border areas and above Marjeyoun, Hasbaya, Mount Hermon and the Bekaa, the agency added, noting that an unmanned Israeli drone hovered over Marjeyoun and the nearby areas.

“The Israeli army intensified its patrols along the border with Lebanon, from the Metulla axis and the Fatima cement wall to the Kfarshouba Hills and the occupied (Shebaa) Farms,” NNA said.

It noted that the Lebanese army and the UNIFIL peacekeeping force “went on alert on the Lebanese side of the border, took precautionary measures and monitored the hostile moves on the other side of the border.”

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