Hezbollah camp set up in Israeli territory two weeks ago yet to be ejected

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

A Lebanese protester sets a Lebanese flag near an Israeli Merkava tank along the border on Friday, June 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Mohammad Zaatari)
A Lebanese protester sets a Lebanese flag near an Israeli Merkava tank along the border on Friday, June 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Mohammad Zaatari)

The Hezbollah terror group established two tents in Israeli territory on the Lebanon border two weeks ago, and the army has yet to clear them out.

The story was first published by the Kan public broadcaster, citing details from a closed Knesset committee meeting.

The Israel Defense Forces says in a statement that “the matter is known and being handled with all the relevant parties.”

The tents, manned by armed Hezbollah members, were established over the internationally recognized Blue Line. Israel’s border fence is built entirely within Israeli territory.

The IDF says it aims to deal with the tents diplomatically and have a UN peacekeeping force remove the tents, but threatens that it may use force eventually.
As of now, the IDF believes the tents don’t pose a threat to Israel’s security.

The IDF has been working on a new border wall with Lebanon to replace an aging fence in the area. The engineering work has sparked several minor clashes on the border in recent months.

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