SIDON, Lebanon: An Israeli infantry unit crossed the technical fence in south Lebanon Saturday and inspected an olive field following an incident at the location Friday, a security source told The Daily Star.
The 12-member unit was equipped with machine guns and used sniffer dogs to inspect the olive field in the village of Aitaroun in the Bint Jbeil district, the source said.
The technical fence runs parallel to the Blue Line, the de facto Lebanon-Israel border established by the U.N. There was no violation of the Blue Line, the source said.
The U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said Friday tensions rose when civilians were picking olives on a Lebanese farm land that straddles the Blue Line, prompting Israeli soldiers to deploy and point their weapons at the farmers.
In turn, the Lebanese Army and UNIFIL also deployed in the area.
UNIFIL immediately initiated contacts with both parties on the ground as well as through liaison channels to contain the situation and restore calm.
UNIFIL also said Friday that the Lebanese Army intervened with the civilians, restoring normalcy to the area.