The head of the United Nations peacekeeping force stationed on the tense Lebanon-Israel border conveyed an Israeli request to take down a tent erected by the militant Hezbollah in a disputed territory on Monday, Lebanon’s foreign minister revealed.
The head of the UN peacekeeping force, Maj. Gen. Aroldo Lázaro of the UNIFIL peacekeeping force, met with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Interim Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Monday in Beirut.
Lebanese leaders informed the U.N., according to Lebanon’s foreign minister Abdallah Bouhabib, that Israel should pull its forces out of the Lebanon-side of the 2006 Israeli military takeover at the town of Ghajar.
In June, Israel complained to the UN, saying that Hezbollah had erected tents a few dozen meters (yards) inside Israeli territory.
The contents and purposes of the tents are unknown.
The Chebaa Farms area and the Kfar Chouba hills were taken from Syria by Israel during the 1967 Middle East conflict and are a part of the Syrian Golan Heights, which Israel annexed in 1981.
According to the Lebanese government, the region is Lebanon’s.
Hezbollah has not confirmed earlier reports from Israeli media that it has taken down one of the two tents, which were evacuated earlier this month.
Reporters were informed by Bouhabib following the meeting between Mikati and Lázaro that the U.N. The team has communicated the Israeli request to take down the tent.
Lebanese officials, he continued, had informed Lázaro that “we want them (Israelis) to withdraw from Ghajar, which is considered Lebanese territory.”