Lebanon News

Army, UNIFIL boost presence near Israel border

MARJAYOUN, Lebanon: The Israeli Army carried out measures across the border with Lebanon, prompting the Lebanese Army and U.N. peacekeepers to increase their deployment near a disputed area in the southern town of Abbasiyeh.

The Israeli side had informed the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon ahead of time that troops would be leveling land on their side of the border, a security source told The Daily Star.

The notification came during a regular tripartite meeting Wednesday also attended by the Lebanese Army.

UNIFIL informed the Lebanese Army of the measures but the latter voiced reservations about Israel’s work in what Lebanon considers a disputed area along the technical fence.

The Army has voiced reservations in the past about Israel carrying out work in the area including Israeli attempts to set up barbed wires across the border.

Earlier Thursday, seven Israeli tanks and personnel equipped with mine detectors examined the area before two bulldozers dug up and leveled the land.

The Israeli operation is due to end at 6 p.m.

 

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