UN troops seen breaking up standoff between Israeli, Lebanese forces on border

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

United Nation peacekeepers are reportedly breaking up a standoff between Israeli and Lebanese forces along the border between the two countries, after the latter complained that Israeli engineering work crossed over the demarcation line.

Footage from the scene near the northern town of Margaliot shows armed Lebanese soldiers standing guard where Israeli soldiers had placed barbed wire.

Troops of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) are seen separating the two forces

.According to Lebanese media reports, UNIFIL has stopped the Israeli engineering works over Israel’s border fence — which was built in Israeli territory — after complaints by the Lebanese army that it had crossed the so-called Blue Line.

The IDF does not immediately provide a comment on the incident. Last week, engineering work was halted after an IDF excavator may have crossed the Blue Line by several centimeters.

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