Tag Archive for UNIFIL

IDF debunks Hezbollah denials, tunnel intruder identified, UNIFIL sees tunnel

Debunking claims from Hezbollah accusing the two men caught on IDF surveillance video in the attack-tunnel as drug dealers, Israeli defense official revealed to i24NEWS the identity of one, Iranian educated Hezbollah commander of their recon and tunnel unit.
– A second tunnel was uncovered by the IDF on Thursday.

By i24NEWS

 

On Thursday, i24NEWS revealed the identity of an Hezbollah operative caught on camera by Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) in a cross border tunnel on the Lebanese border earlier this week.

An unnamed security official told i24NEWS that the man who appeared on the video from the tunnel was Dr. Continue Reading »

IDF chief tells new UNIFIL chief, ‘Keep Hezbollah under control’

IDF’s Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot relays to UNIFIL’s new commander Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col, that Israel expects UN forces in Lebanon to strengthen enforcement procedures against Hezbollah, Iran’s militant proxy in Lebanon.
• Previous UNIFIL chief was criticized for inadequate performance.

By Yoav Limor

 

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon must increase ‎its enforcement against Hezbollah in the country’s south, ‎Israel’s chief of staff told the newly appointed ‎UNIFIL commander.‎

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot met Monday ‎with Italian Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col, who took ‎office earlier this month, replacing Maj. Continue Reading »

UNIFIL Spokesman: Israel, Lebanon hold ‘near-daily’ meetings to defuse tension

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 »

UNIFIL inadvertently confirms Israeli claims: Lebanese army under Hezbollah influence

Former liaison officer with the UN’s Interim Force in Lebanon tells French newspaper how, “the Lebanese Army would prevent us [UNIFIL] from posting observers. …Everyone knows that Hezbollah is using [preparing] the area for the next war.”
– WATCH IDF video: 5 Ways Hezbollah Violates UN Resolution 1701

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

The UN force in Lebanon has accused Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army of hampering their work, which includes spying on the peacekeepers, in a report due to appear on the website of French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, on Friday.

The report quotes a chief warrant officer for the French contingent as saying during an interview: “In the evening we never leave the barracks because the Lebanese forces are not friendly. Continue Reading »

Hezbollah chief warns Israel to stop construction of border wall with Lebanon

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 »

Israel exposes Hizbollah ‘mole’ within Lebanese Army to UNIFIL command

IDF officers presents UNIFIL with intel establishing a senior officer in the Lebanese army, operating in south Lebanon in a command position, is acting as an agent for the terror group Hezbollah.
– Israel’s ambassador to the UN: “We expect UNIFIL to act against Hezbollah in light of this unambiguous information.”

By Itamar Eichner

 

Israel has informed the UN peacekeeping mission in south Lebanon that a senior officer in the Lebanese army, who presides over a command position near the country’s border with Israel, is using his position to advance interests of the Hezbollah terror group in the area.

UNIFIL observer stationed in Israeli territory.

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Victory for Israel: UN Security Council resolution requires UNIFIL to confront Hezbollah

Revised Security Council Resolution now requires supplemented UN forces to demonstrate a robust physical presence on the ground, to now enter every village and to report, in real time, Hezbollah’s violations of Security Council Resolution 1701.

By Nitsan Keidar

 

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, on Wednesday welcomed the adoption of a new UN Security Council resolution regarding the mandate of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

According to the decision made upon the annual renewal of this mandate, UNIFIL is now required to expand its reports to the Security Council and take deliberate action against Hezbollah’s violations. Continue Reading »

US, Israel redefine perimeters of UNIFIL to fulfill its mandate in Lebanon

As the UN Security Council considers renewing mandate of what appears to be an impotent peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, the US, with Israeli recommendations, propose granting UNIFIL greater powers to monitor Hezbollah and fulfill its responsibilities under its original mandate.

By Itamar Eichner

 

Israel and the US are gearing up to launch a new initiative aimed at expanding the powers and responsibilities assigned to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in its monitoring of Hezbollah, as the UN Security Council prepares to discuss this week the renewal of its mandate.

Map is made by Thomas Blomberg using the UNIFIL map, deployment as of July 2006 as source.

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U.S. envoy to U.N. vows to “seek significant improvements” to UNIFIL

 

U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Nikki Haley stressed how United Nations’ forces must do more to prevent the acquisition and distribution of illegal weapons, which are “almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.”

By Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff

 

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday urged the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to step up efforts to prevent the spread of illegal weapons in southern Lebanon, which she said “are almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.”

Haley made clear in a statement that the United States is seeking “significant improvements” to the force, known as UNIFIL, when the U.N. Continue Reading »

IDF contradicts UNIFIL General as Amb. Nikki Haley visits Israel’s border w/Lebanon

 

When Head of UN Interim Force in Lebanon explained to Amb. Nikki Haley how southern Lebanon was relatively calm, IDF chief pointed out UN’s restrictions & ‘blinders’ lead them into false security about Lebanon and Hezbollah, exposing shortcomings and disagreements about UNIFIL’s role & responsibilities.

By JOY BERNARD

 

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was exposed to an unusual dispute between the IDF and the UN regarding the security state at Israel’s northern border while she visited the area during her stay in the Jewish state last week, Channel 2 reported on Sunday evening.

While the US envoy received an official briefing at Israel’s border with Hezbollah, Maj-Gen. Continue Reading »

Hezbollah’s TV reports of another Israeli spying device on the border

 

Hezbollah’s TV channel reports finding a spy device with photographic and transmission capabilities near the border, not far from a Lebanese airstrip & army post in the village of Markaba.

By Roi Kais

 

Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV station reported on Tuesday that a transmission and photographic spy device was discovered on the Israel-Lebanon border, which the station said belonged to Israel.

‘Israeli spying device’ found in Lebanon in December

According to the report, the device was found near the Blue Line and not far from a Lebanese army post and airstrip in the village of Markaba.

Hezbollah’s official website accused Israel of “violating Lebanese sovereignty after planting spying and photographic devices east of the village of Markaba in southern Lebanon.”

The official Lebanese news agency reported the device was a black box equipped with a sensor to detect movement. Continue Reading »

Military Intel Officials Suggest Hezbollah Ready for War with Israel

Experts say Hezbollah terrorists regularly patrol along the border with Israel, openly filming IDF movements and they’ve have taken over Shi’ite towns with total freedom of movement – despite the UN forces, UNIFIL.

By Tova Dvorin

 

The Lebanon-Israel border has been relatively quiet over the past several months, with no incidents recorded since January.

Hassan Nasrallah – Reuters

But another war could be on the way – and it will cost billions of shekels, experts say.

Military Intelligence officials, the IDF, and the defense establishment are all preparing for an inevitable full-fledged war with Hezbollah, Walla! News reports Tuesday – due, at least in part, to the increasing boldness of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

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Spain requests UN probe into peacekeeper’s death in Lebanon from IDF retaliatory fire

Israel’s FM Lieberman offered his condolences to his Spanish counterpart on peacekeeper’s death, explaining how Israel holds Hezbollah responsible.

By i24news

 

Spain on Wednesday appealed to the UN asking the international body to launch an “urgent” probe into the death of a Spanish peacekeeper near the Lebanese border earlier in the day.

IDF evacuating injured IDF soldier after Hezbollah attack on Israel, 28/01/15 – Photo: AFP

A UN peacekeeper from Spain was killed in Lebanon on Wednesday in an exchange of fire that ensued between Israel and Hezbollah, following an attack by the Lebanon-based terror group that left two Israeli soldiers dead. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Defense Minister: Lebanese Army Will Put Killer-Soldier on Trial

The Lebanese army has arrested & will try the rogue soldier who, without justification, shot & murdered IDF soldier Shlomi Cohen ז”ל , reported Defense Minister Yaalon .

By Elad Benari

 

The Lebanese army has arrested the soldier who shot and killed IDF soldier Shlomi Cohen near the border on Sunday night, Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday evening.

Yaalon’s comments were made during a tour of the Jordan Valley.

“This is a serious incident and the Lebanese government and the Lebanese army are responsible for this,” he declared, adding that there had been a meeting on Monday between the liaison officers of the Lebanese army and the IDF, attended by members of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), during which the Lebanese army reported the findings of its investigation of the shooting incident. Continue Reading »

Is Hezbollah waging terror campaign against UNIFIL over EU blacklist?

EU’s blacklisting of Hezbollah casts a new light on the friction between the UNIFIL and Nasrallah’s armed Shi’ite movement.

 

 

The European Union’s designation of Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization has cast a new light on the tussles between the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the armed Shi’ite movement.

Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

Supporters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah – Photo: Reuters

A Hezbollah official told the Financial Times last week, “People are not going to accept you living among them and calling them terrorists.”

Gerald Steinberg, a professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University and the head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday, “The reports of increased friction in southern Lebanon are not surprising after the European Union belatedly added Hezbollah to the list of terror organizations.”

According to a late-June UN report, the EU has thousands of military personnel as part of the 10,656-member force UNIFIL mission.

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