Lebanon denies UNIFIL access to attack-tunnels

UNIFIL patrol on Lebanon-Israel border

During a report-briefing of the U.N. Special Coordinator for the Mideast Peace Process Nikolai Mladenov to the Security Council, he warned of the rising tension between the Islamist organizations in Gaza and Israel. While the world body’s envoy urged both sides to show restraint, he reiterated his previously-declared position, in which the status quo between … Read more

UN: Hezbollah-tunnels violate Resolution 1701

The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting, during which the world body’s Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the member states that the subterranean-cross-border passage ways constitute a serious violation of Resolution 1701. Jean-Pierre Lacroix stated that “The tunnels are between 29 and 46 meters below ground, difficult to detect and … Read more

Altercation at Israeli-Lebanese border amid Northern-Shield

A tense calm continues to prevail on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, with Operation Northern-Shield making headway “to crackdown on tunnels” that were dug by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah. The tense calm was disrupted on Saturday, when IDF soldier opened fire into the air, when suspected Hezbollah activists approached the border under the cover of heavy … Read more

Israeli efforts thwart Hezbollah’s attainment of guided missiles

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, confirmed the existence of a cross-border attack tunnel next to the Israeli city of Metulla – dubbing the revelation as “a grave development.” UNIFIL’s command underscored that the force has maintained contact with both sides and that it would pass-on its findings to the authorities in Lebanon. … Read more

Israeli-Lebanese border seemingly calm despite IDF operation

The Israeli-Lebanese border appeared calm today, a day after Israel announced a wide-scale operation – dubbed: Northern-Shield – to “expose and thwart” cross-border attack tunnels from its northern neighbor, which were dug by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah. During a televised press conference to the nation from Jerusalem, the Israeli military’s spokesman Ronen Manelis provided visual intelligence … Read more

UNIFIL to receive broader mandate in Lebanon

A U.N. peacekeeper of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) stands at a lookout point in Adaisseh village near the Lebanese-Israeli border, southern Lebanon December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Karamallah Daher - RTX1ZKZ5

Progress has been reported in talks on broadening the mandate of the UNIFIL force in Lebanon. The United States and France agreed that UNIFIL, which is tasked with enforcing UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that effectively ended the Second Lebanon War, would be able to operate in villages in southern Lebanon, and wherever the UN … Read more