UNIFIL patrols in southern Lebanon have faced an increase of confrontations with Hezbollah as the number of Lebanese Army soldiers has dwindled in the border region, Beirut-based The Daily Star reported Wednesday.
According to the report, the peacekeepers' patrols expressed frustration with obstacles placed in front of them by Hezbollah, meant to demonstrate the group's power amid regional unrest and Israeli displays of strength.
The lack of Lebanese troops, decreased to around 3,000, on the southern border presents a vulnerable situation for UNIFIL facing Hezbollah.
“The Lebanese Army is nowhere near that right now. In fact, they are further away from that than before,” the report quoted one UNIFIL officer as saying.