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UN peacekeepers halt IDF engineering work after claim it spilled over into Lebanon

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

United Nation peacekeepers on the Lebanese border halt Israeli military engineering work after an excavator possibly crossed the demarcation line between the two countries.

Footage posted online shows the excavator’s bucket over the border fence — built in Israeli territory — between Israel and Lebanon.

The bucket possibly crossed the so-called Blue Line by several centimeters, causing troops of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon to step in and stop the works after complaints by the Lebanese army.

The incident has been ongoing for more than a day. Lebanese soldiers camped out overnight to prevent Israel from resuming the works and ostensibly breaching their border.

Military engineering work is continuing in other areas along the border. The IDF does not immediately provide a comment on the incident.

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