Published: Tue, December 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Tension as Israel rolls out barbed wire on Lebanon border

Tension as Israel rolls out barbed wire on Lebanon border

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.

A spokesperson for the peacekeeping group said UNIFIL could not yet confirm the Israeli allegation that the tunnels were dug by Hezbollah, but said it was continuing to investigate the matter. Furthermore, UNIFIL said that it has "requested the Lebanese authorities to ensure urgent follow-up actions in accordance with the responsibilities of the Government of Lebanon pursuant to resolution 1701".

Tensions between Israel and Lebanon have been boiling in the past month, with Tel Aviv accusing the Lebanon-based political and militant group Hezbollah of digging cross-border tunnels with the aim of infiltrating the Jewish state.

The resolution banned all unauthorised weapons between the Litani River and the United Nations -monitored border between Israel and Lebanon. It also stipulated that only UNIFIL and the Lebanese armed forces would be deployed south of the Litani River.

Earlier on Monday, Lebanese soldiers went on alert after Israeli troops rolled out barbed wire along the border.

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Earlier today, a confrontation between Lebanese Armed Forces and the IDF was documented, during Operation Northern Shield to discover and destroy Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnels.

Israel and Lebanon last clashed in the summer 2006 war, with Israeli forces invading the country after Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid. "Hacking away inch by inch underground in order to kill you and your family", the IDF said in another tweet accompanied by a video showing the interior of the tunnel. Lebanese troops protested that the wire was placed on their side of the border.

Hezbollah media has been extensively reporting on Israeli activity in southern Lebanon in an effort to ridicule the IDF and stress that the daily routine is maintained.

Lebanon's Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri has downplayed the Israeli operation on the border and said it should not lead to any escalation.

The Israel Defense Forces discovered a fourth Hezbollah tunnel crossing into Israeli territory over the weekend, the IDF revealed on Sunday.

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