UNIFIL responds to Israeli tanks crossing fence close to Blue Line
(20 April 2011)
The Lebanese Army and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reported that on 14 April two Israeli tanks had crossed in to disputed territory with Lebanon. The two-hour standoff led to Israeli soldiers aiming heavy artillery at both Lebanese military and UNIFIL members. The tanks crossed nearby to the border town of Adaysseh after reports of civilian activity near the U.N. delineated Blue Line. UNIFIL reported that one of the tanks crossed the Israeli-erected Technical Fence, close to border pillar BP36 of the Blue Line, however UNIFIL noted that the Blue Line was not violated by either side. One of the peacekeeping teams deployed by UNIFIL was forced to wave a UN flag after they became targeted by an Israeli patrol. The altercation was believed to have started over the presence of Lebanese citizens harvesting thyme and thistles in the disputed area.
The village of Adaysseh has been witness to clashes between Lebanese and Israeli troops previously. In August 2010 fighting there resulted in the deaths of two Lebanese soldiers, a journalist and a senior Israeli officer.
Source: ‘Israeli tanks cross fence near Adaysseh’, Mohammed Zaatari and Patrick Galey, Daily Star, 15 April 2011