An extract from a 1:50,000 scale Italian army map of south Lebanon used by the Italian UNIFIL battalion showing the Blue Line's deviation from Lebanon's internationally-recognized southern border around the Israeli army's "Radar" outpost.
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An alleged breach of the Blue Line by Israeli troops near Kfar Shuba has exposed a little known anomaly about the United Nations-delineated boundary of withdrawal that spared the Israeli army from having to dismantle three of its outposts in the Shebaa Farms 15 years ago.While the Israeli soldiers did not breach the Blue Line, they did cross Lebanon's internationally recognized frontier by some 60 meters, thus exposing a little-known and deliberate deviation of the Blue Line from Lebanon's southern border.The U.N. came up with the idea of the Blue Line in the months before Israel's troop withdrawal from south Lebanon in May 2000 . To overcome the problem, the U.N. devised the Blue Line, which was intended to correspond as much as possible to Lebanon's southern border and would be used to measure Israel's compliance with Resolution 425 .The U.N. showed more leniency to Israel when it came to defining the path of the Blue Line in the Shebaa Farms.The Blue Line then rejoins the border before looping around the Radar outpost.
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