Report: Hezbollah replaces Lebanese Armed Forces on Lebanon-Israel border

UNIFIL personnel say the Lebanese Army  is gradually withdrawing from Israel border area, leaving it in Hezbollah control.

By Ynet

As tensions build up in the north, Hezbollah continues to tighten its grip on southern Lebanon while the Lebanese Armed Forces gradually withdraw their troops from the border area. Meanwhile, UNIFIL is reporting heightened standoffs with Hezbollah, Lebanon’s Daily Star reported Wednesday.

UNIFIL in southern Lebanon - Photo Reuters

UNIFIL in southern Lebanon – Photo: Reuters

UNIFIL patrols are finding paths blocked and former temporary observation points suddenly out of bounds in what is being interpreted as Hezbollah seeking to flex its muscles on the ground at a time of heightened regional uncertainty and aggressive postures by Israel, the paper reported.

On Tuesday, the IDF launched a large-scale drill involving a call-up of some 2,000 reservists in northern Israel.

According to the report, UNIFIL officers are privately expressing frustration at the often humiliating confrontations with Hezbollah personnel where the peacekeepers feel compelled to back down.

One officer noted that UN Security Council Resolution 1701 calls on the Lebanese Army to take control of the southern border district, with UNIFIL playing a support role.

“The Lebanese Army is nowhere near that right now. In fact, they are further away from that than before,” the officer said.

With units withdrawn in response to deteriorating security situations in Tripoli, Sidon and the north, the Lebanese Army troop strength has dwindled to an estimated 3,000 soldiers in the border district, according to various UNIFIL sources.

 

View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4374737,00.html

 

5 comments

  1. The noose is being tightened mores o in the north and south, for Israel.

  2. jack jafner says:

    True, as Ms Lurya states most succinctly, the noose is being tightened but we don’t have to put our heads in it- there are moves that Israel can make. Stop talking to the talking heads, Obama and Kerry for starters! Halt all talks until Israel demands are met.

  3. Dr Marck Friedman says:

    Looks as if Israelis finally got the hint , that the US are no longer honest brokers or even friends. Bibi has informed his Ministers to halt talks with the PA. That should apply to the idiots in D.C. as well. Kerry and Obama have to be the worst bumblers in American History. Next we will be in a war with Russia. Maybe that is why Kerry has refigured his role in the region. Thank god, but I wouldn’t trust him.

  4. Dr Mark Friedman says:

    As for the north and south being threatened with rocket attacks, let them dare try and attack us at once- if one Jew should die from an errant rocket they will wake up in rubble and dust, asking themselves what hit them

  5. Jerry A Kosinsky says:

    Time for Israel to tell the US goodbye- we don’t need their loan guarantees. We have to cut the gordian knot now before it is too late. Obama and Kerry are out to dismantle the country end of story- the are not partners for peace, at least not for our peace. Shalom

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