Report: Lebanese used delay to prepare ambush
LAST UPDATED: 08/04/2010 09:13
The Lebanese Army took advantage of the fact that the IDF delayed by several hours maintenance work near the Lebanese border on Tuesday in order to plan and prepare an ambush on IDF forces, a senior official in Jerusalem told Israel Radio on Wednesday.
According to the report, the IDF told UNIFIL at 6 a.m. on Tuesday that they planned to do maintenance work at approximately 9 a.m. UNIFIL responded that their forces needed time to prepare for the IDF presence in the enclave between the Israeli border and the international border and requested that the IDF delay the maintenance work until 11 a.m. UNIFIL relayed to the Lebanese Army forces in the area the IDF's plans and the Lebanese used the extra time to prepare an ambush on the IDF forces and to invite journalists and photographers to the site.
The official added that an investigation should be launched into why Israeli intelligence did not learn of the ambush beforehand given that the Lebanese media members were aware that something was going to happen and where already present when the gunfire began.