Erdan meets with new UNIFIL chief, urges him to act against Hezbollah violations

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

UN military vehicles of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) enter the southern Lebanese border town of Naqura, where the second round of talks started on October 28, 2020, between Lebanon and Israel at a UN base on the demarcation of the maritime frontier between the two countries. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP)
UN military vehicles of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) enter the southern Lebanese border town of Naqura, where the second round of talks started on October 28, 2020, between Lebanon and Israel at a UN base on the demarcation of the maritime frontier between the two countries. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP)

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan meets with the new commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Aroldo Lázaro Sáenz of Spain.

Erdan “expressed concern about the growing number of recent incidents of UNIFIL forces being attacked by Hezbollah operatives and Hezbollah’s continued infringement on the freedom of movement of the Lebanese people and UNIFIL soldiers,” the Israeli readout says.

Erdan told Sáenz that Hezbollah was using civilian homes to hide missiles and rockets and that the terror group’s actions “could lead to a future military confrontation that would bring disaster to Lebanon… and Israel will have to respond forcefully.”

“I expect UNIFIL to enforce its mandate in southern Lebanon and ensure that Hezbollah cannot continue to do as it pleases,” Erdan adds.

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