Lebanon News

No Hezbollah breach of 1701: UNIFIL

A Spanish U.N. peacekeeper looks to the U.N-demarcated "Blue Line" border between Lebanon and Israel, during a foot patrol in the disputed Chebaa farms area of southeast Lebanon, Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: A UNIFIL spokesperson said Tuesday that the organization has not recorded any breach of United Nations Resolution 1701, despite Israeli accusations to the contrary.

On Monday, various media outlets cited the Israeli army as pointing fingers at Hezbollah for allegedly setting up a new observation point in south Lebanon under the guise of an environmental NGO.

But according to local media reports, Andrea Tenenti, the spokesperson, said that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in south Lebanon, in cooperation with the Lebanese Army, had been monitoring the area as well as Green Without Borders, the NGO Israel claimed was a smoke screen.

“So far,” Tenenti said Tuesday, they “did not notice any breaches of ... U.N. Resolution 1701 at the site."

The resolution, which was adopted in 2006 to end the war with Israel, states that only UNIFIL and Lebanese Army troops are permitted near the Blue Line, the U.N.-demarcated border between Israel and Lebanon. In doing so, it implicitly prohibits Hezbollah from any sort of military activity in the area.

UNIFIL “will continue to monitor activities closely and has provided extensive reports on [activities at the site] within the secretary-general's report presented to the Security Council in July," Tenenti said.





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