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Lebanese farmer defies Israeli bulldozer

An elderly Lebanese shepherd put his body on the line to stop an Israeli Army bulldozer digging a trench through his land. The land is near the UN-recognised Blue Line - the Lebanon-Israel border - and the Israelis attempted to dig this trench to establish a new limit of the Blue Line, which is being disputed by these local farmers.

June 8, 2023 at 2:51 pm

A Lebanese farmer from the town of Kafr Shuba defied an armoured Israeli bulldozer yesterday in an effort to stop it in its tracks, Anadolu has reported. The driver pushed soil on top of Ismail Nasser, covering his legs, before he stopped at the behest of UNIFIL forces.

Israeli bulldozers were on Lebanese territory to carry out “excavations”. In response, local Lebanese citizens protested behind the barbed wire fence (“the Blue Line”) on the hills above the town and demanded that the UNIFIL forces should protect their right to the land despite the Israeli operations.

The speaker of the Lebanese parliament, Nabih Berri, made a phone call to the farmer in which he saluted his heroic and courageous stand in defence of his land in the face of the Israeli occupation forces working in the Shebaa Farms area and Kfar Shuba Hills of Lebanon.

“A people possessing such a solid resolve must be victorious,” said Berri. “The [Israeli] occupation will end.”

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