The Lebanese army has put its forces on high alert in response to the escalation of tensions over the establishment of an Israeli military outpost along the country’s border.
A Lebanese TV station reported that the high alert came in response to the Israeli military outpost set up near Kafr Shuba, a village just outside the divided border village of Ghajar, earlier this week.
The establishment of the outpost, which LBC alleges has been built in violation of UN Resolution 1701, has been seen by some in the area as the cause of tensions in the border region.
Over the weekend, a group of civilians including several children held a demonstration against the Israeli move and protested what they termed as violation of Lebanese territory. The protestors hoisted up Lebanese and Hezbollah flags outside the post.
After the demonstration, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) intensified its presence along the border.
Israel, which deployed tanks to the region after the incident, called the civilian protest a breach of the UN Security Council truce resolution that brought an end to the Israeli war against southern Lebanon in the summer of 2006.