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Army says Israeli bulldozer breached the Blue Line

File - Lebanese soldiers and UNIFIL peacekeepers assess the Blue Line in the southern village of Yarin, Friday. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army command announced in a statement that at 9.50 a.m. Sunday, part of an Israeli bulldozer breached the Blue Line at Labbouneh by roughly 1 meter. The bulldozer then retreated and continued its work between the technical border and the Blue Line.

Following the incident, UNIFIL soldiers immediately deployed in the area to take the necessary measures. The breach will be followed up by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

“Civil contractors from the Israeli Army have been performing a routine check-up since this morning on the technical fence south of the Blue Line in the area of Labbouneh, east of Kfar Kila. The Israeli army informed UNIFIL of this and UNIFIL in turn informed the Lebanese Army,” according to spokesperson Andrea Teneti.

He explained that UNIFIL was present at the site of the work in order to monitor the Blue Line and to prevent any possible infractions while the Israelis are doing their work, and that the organization was in constant contact with all parties to prevent any misunderstandings.

 

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