Villagers smoke nargileh in front of an Israeli excavator in the southern border village of Mais al-Jabal.
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As Israeli excavators dug into the rocky hills along the frontier with a Lebanese village, a crowd of young Lebanese men gathered to watch. The mood was light as the crowd observed what Israel says is a military operation -- dubbed "Northern Shield" -- aimed at destroying what it claims are attack tunnels built by Hezbollah. About two dozen U.N. peacekeepers stood in a long line, just ahead of the blue line demarcating the frontier between the two countries technically still at war.With Assad's forces emerging victorious, attention now seems to be returning to the tense Israel-Lebanon border.Israel said its troops have discovered at least three tunnels along the frontier -- a tactic used by Hezbollah in previous wars -- and called on the international community to impose new sanctions on Hezbollah.Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said Thursday that neither Israel nor Lebanon wanted to go to war, but noted that Israel violates Lebanese airspace and international waters on a regular basis.In southern Lebanon Thursday, Lebanese Army soldiers observed the frontier in Mais al-Jabal, taking photos of their Israeli counterparts operating only a few meters away.United Nations peacekeepers and the Lebanese Army separately patrol the area.
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