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Hezbollah demands return of Rosh Hanikra rail tunnel in bid to torpedo border talks

The former British Cairo-Istanbul railway tunnel photographed in 1964 in Rosh Hanikra (Wikimedia commons)
The former British Cairo-Istanbul railway tunnel photographed in 1964 in Rosh Hanikra (Wikimedia commons)

Lebanon’s Hezbollah-allied Public Works Minister Ali Hamieh is demanding that Israel give Lebanon sovereignty over a long-shuttered rail tunnel in Israel’s northern border town of Rosh Hanikra.

“Our sovereign rights lie in our decision to restore every inch of the occupied tunnel, without compromising our decision to restore our land and sea borders as well,” he says during a visit to the Lebanese side of the border.

The tunnel, part of a rail system that once linked Egypt to Turkey, through British Mandate Palestine and Lebanon, has been closed since Israel’s War of Independence in 1948.

His comments are seen as an effort to torpedo talks between Israel and Lebanon aimed at resolving a disputed maritime border.

 

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