Increasing Lebanon’s military forces on their southern border is viewed as a way for Beirut to contain Hezbollah’s expansion and control throughout Lebanon’s heartland.
• PM Saad Hariri: Israel still remains Lebanon’s primary threat.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Lebanon plans to increase its military presence along its southern border with Israel, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Thursday at a meeting in Rome, where he is seeking financial support for the armed forces.
Bolstering Lebanon’s army and internal security forces is seen as a way for the international community to keep Hezbollah, which has helped sway the Syrian civil war in President Bashar Assad’s favor, from broadening its clout in the Lebanese heartland. Continue Reading »
A spokesman for the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon said that since the current situation along the Israel-Lebanon border is “very sensitive” both sides have been holding meetings “almost on a daily basis… The dialogue is open. No one has ever walked out.”
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Lebanon and Israel have been holding near-daily talks over the border dispute that has raised tensions between them, according to the U.N. peacekeeping force that is mediating their discussions.
“There is a full engagement from all the sides and there have been meetings almost on a daily basis. The dialogue is open. Continue Reading »
Hassan Nasrallah has warned Israel to cease work on upgraded border wall that the IDF deems imperative in it’s overall strategy for preventing future terrorists’ infiltration from Lebanon.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has warned Israel against continued construction of a wall along its border with Lebanon, after Beirut said the project was undermining peace.
“After liberating the Lebanese occupied territories from the Zionist enemy in 2000, the UN demarcation of the national border with the Palestinian territories left 13 controversial positions, and the Lebanese government informed the UNIFIL about its rejection for any Israeli measure in this concern,” Nasrallah was quoted by Hezbollah website al-Manar as saying. Continue Reading »
As tensions rise along the Lebanese border with Israel, the Shiite terrorist group claims the IDF is fortifying its border for the next conflict.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah sought Thursday to show that Israel is building up defences in anticipation of another conflict, after a string of statements from Israeli officials warning of a potential confrontation.
The powerful Shiite group, which fought a devastating war with the Jewish state in 2006, brought dozens of journalists on a rare and highly-choreographed trip to the demarcation line between Lebanon and Israel.
“This tour is to show the defensive measures that the enemy is taking,” said Hezbollah spokesman Mohamed Afif, on a hilltop along the so-called Blue Line. Continue Reading »
Although the next war with Hezbollah isn’t likely to happen anytime soon, both Jewish and Arab towns along northern border have begun local civil defense training by the IDF.
By Israel Today Staff
In marking the 16th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Safir reported that the Hezbollah terrorist militia is busy digging tunnels under the Israeli border in preparation for future conflict.
Hezbollah parade in Lebanon
According to the article, the tunnels enable Hezbollah terrorists to attack Israel at a moment’s notice, and include sophisticated ventilation and electricital systems and enough supplies to allow militants to remain in the tunnels for weeks at a time. Continue Reading »
The new military observation towers, which can see inside IDF bases and the Kibbutzim on the border with Lebanon, have residents worried that Hezbollah may take them over during the next war.
By Ahiya Ravid & Yoav Zitun
The Lebanese military has built several observation towers on the Lebanese side of the border between Israel and Lebanon in recent weeks.
Lebanese observation post near Kibbutz Hanita – Photo: Aviyahu Shapira
The towers provide the Lebanese army with strategic observation posts from which they can observe Israeli military bases, the border fence, the patrol road next to the border fence, civilian roads in Israel, and various towns and kibbutzim along the border. Continue Reading »
The IDF Engineering Corps is fashioning a 9-10 meter (30-33ft) cliff around the border community of Hanita, making it harder for Hezbollah terrorists to cross into Israel during the next war.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
The Israel Defense Forces invited Reuters on Wednesday to film ongoing construction work along Israel’s border with Lebanon, where bulldozers have been at work excavating a cliff.
The IDF is excavating part of a cliff to create an additional barrier along its border with Lebanon – Photo: Reuters
Lt. Gen. Eli David, an engineering officer in a northern division, told Reuters that similar construction works were taking place all along the Israeli-Lebanon border. Continue Reading »
Aided with UN equipment, Islamic rebels obliterate Syrian army post annihilating its 60 soldiers, by tunneling undetected in rocky terrain – almost identical to that of the Israel-Lebanese border.
By Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
Members of the Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, part of the Islamic Front coalition, blew up a Syrian army post on Tuesday by digging attack tunnels in rocky terrain – similar to that of the Israeli-Lebanese border – in an incident further raising fears that Hezbollah may use the same techniques.
Syrian explosion – Screenshot YouTube/Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera Arabic reported on the blast and the tunnels on Wednesday, showing how the strike was conducted on the Al Dahrouj checkpoint near Maarat al-Numaan, in the rural northern Syrian region not far from Idlib. Continue Reading »
Second blast occurred on border about 30 minutes after 1st incident, but no injuries in 2nd explosion. Hezbollah took responsibility for attack.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
Two IDF soldiers were lightly injured when a Hezbollah bomb went off in their vicinity in the Har Dov region on Tuesday, the IDF Spokesman’s Unit said.
Injured IDF soldier being air-lifted to hospital – Photo: Screenshot Reuters
The IDF said it shelled two Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon in response to the border bombing. Some 30 minutes after the incident a second explosion occurred on the border. There were no injuries or damage in the second blast. Continue Reading »
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2 IDF soldiers lightly, & moderately wounded after improvised explosive device (IED) detonates near Israel’s border with Lebanon; IDF informs UNIFL & returns artillery fire at southern Lebanon.
By Roi Kais
Two IDF soldiers were wounded when a blast went off near an IDF outpost on Mount Dov in the Golan Heights. IDF confirmed it has returned fire into Lebanon and the soldiers sustained light to moderate wounds, respectively.
Scene of blast – Photo: Avihu Shapira
There are conflicting reports about the incident, but an initial assessment indicates that a blast hit a group of soldiers traveling near the border area on Mount Dov; it is possible they were traveling in an armored vehicle. Continue Reading »
IDF responds to set of rockets with artillery fire, after ‘Code Red’ siren sounds in Shlomi and Nahariya again. This incident marks the 3rd time rockets from Lebanon pounded Israel since Friday.
By Ynet reporters
Code Red sirens sounded in Nahariya, Shlomi and other communities in the Western Galilee at 00:26 on Sunday, after two rockets were launched toward Israeli territory, apparently from Lebanon. The rockets exploded in open areas and there were no reports of injuries or damage.
IDF’s mobile 155 m”m artillery Howitzer on the Golan Heights – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson Unit
Local residents said that the first explosion sounded immediately after the siren, while the second explosion sounded approximately 50 seconds later. Continue Reading »
Code Red rocket-warning sirens blare in the Western Galilee towns of Shlomi and Nahariya.
IDF returns fires at the rocket launch sites in Lebanon with artillery fire.
The IDF confirmed that two rockets were fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel and landed in open areas north of Nahariya on Saturday night. Rocket alert sirens sounded in the area of the attack in Nahariya and Shlomi.
IDF soldiers on patrol – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
There were no injuries or damage reported in the attack. In response, the IDF fired at the rocket launch zones in Lebanon with artillery fire. Continue Reading »
Lebanese media says military personal recovered additional rockets at launching site, prepared by unknown militant group, assumed to also be fired toward Israel.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Lebanese authorities reportedly arrested one person on Friday in connection to the rocket attack from Lebanon into Israel earlier this morning.
Lebanese army personnel inspects the remains of a shell that was suspected of having been launched from Lebanon to Israel, near the village of El Mari in Southern Lebanon July 11, 2014 – Photo: Reuters/Karamallah Daher
The Beirut-based newspaper The Daily Star, cited security forces as saying the suspect’s car had blood stains that matched blood traces found at the scene where the rocket was launched. Continue Reading »