Report: Hezbollah claims IDF breached Lebanon border to install spy gear

The Shi'ite Lebanese terror group claimed that Israeli forces crossed the so-called Blue Line between the two countries, where they excavated dirt embankments constructed by the Lebanese army.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 19, 2017 15:25
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Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim men from the Iranian-backed group Kataib Hezbollah wave the party's flags

Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim men from the Iranian-backed group Kataib Hezbollah wave the party's flags as they walk along a street painted in the colours of the Israeli flag during a parade marking the annual Quds Day. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Hezbollah has accused Israel of recently breaching the border demarcation and installing espionage devices and tracking equipment in Lebanese territory.

The Shi'ite Lebanese terror group claimed that IDF forces, at an unspecified time, had crossed the so-called Blue Line between the two countries under the watch of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), where they excavated dirt embankments constructed by the Lebanese army, according to Channel 2.

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The report added that Hezbollah charged that the alleged Israeli activities took place in areas where Lebanese military forces are stationed.

The Channel 2 report also stated that residents in northern Israel reported seeing large contingencies of IDF forces near the border, however any connection between the purported activities was not clear.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit has refused to comment on the claims in line with the military's position against responding to foreign reports.

The latest Hezbollah allegations came two day after the Iranian-backed organization said that it had retrieved an Israeli drone that crash landed in Lebanese territory.

The IDF confirmed that a drone identified as a "tactical Skylark UAV" had crashed in southern Lebanon near the Israeli border on Monday. The IDF added that it was looking into the cause of the accident.

The next day, Hezbollah claimed that its operatives had reached the crash site and taken the drone to a secure location for inspection.

The Lebanese army had attempted to reach the location of the downed unmanned aerial vehicle, but encountered obstacles due to rough terrain.

In January, Israel's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) released its annual report that pointed to a significant strengthening of Hezbollah, which surpassed Iran as the greatest danger to Israel according to the think tank’s threat rankings.

Noam Amir/Maariv Hashavua contributed to this report.


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