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UNIFIL: Situation ‘extremely sensitive’ on Lebanon-Israel border

July 13, 2023 at 1:27 pm

Lebanese soldiers stand guard during an anti-Israeli demonstration near the “blue line” area, a demarcation line drawn by the UN to mark Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, at Nabatieh Governorate, near the Lebanese southern village of Kfar Shuba, in Lebanon on June 09, 2023 [Lebanese Army/Anadolu Agency]

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) spokesperson, Kandice Ardiel, yesterday warned that the situation across the Blue Line between Lebanon and Israel is “extremely sensitive”, Anadolu reported.

Three members of the Hezbollah group were injured by Israeli fire near the border village of Al-Bustan yesterday, according to Lebanese media.

There was no comment from the Lebanese group on the incident.

“We are aware of disturbing reports about an incident along the Blue Line,” Ardiel said in a statement.

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“We are looking into it. In the meantime, the situation is extremely sensitive,” she added, while urging all parties “to cease any actions that may lead to escalation.”

The Israeli army said that “a number of suspects” approached the northern security fence with Lebanon and “attempted to sabotage the security fence in the area.”

A military statement said that Israeli soldiers “used means to distance them.”

The army released a video showing four people approaching the fence before a blast caused them to run away.

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