The Israeli military has reportedly launched an air balloon with surveillance cameras from one of its military positions over a village in Lebanon’s southern province of Nabatieh in light of a recent operation Israel has undertaken to block what it claims are tunnels Hezbollah resistance movement has dug into occupied territories.
Lebanon’s official National News Agency (NNA) reported on Wednesday that Israeli forces flew the balloon over Meiss Ej Jabal village in the Marjeyoun district of the province.
The report added that Israeli troops have also installed a surveillance camera on the outskirts of Kafar Kila village near the cement separation wall between Lebanon and occupied lands.
Local sources, requesting not to be named, said the camera was pointed at Lebanese territories.
Berri: Israel gave no proof of Hezbollah border tunnels
Meanwhile, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says the Israeli regime has failed to provide any evidence for alleged tunnels dug from Lebanon into occupied territories by Hezbollah resistance fighters.
“The Israelis did not present any information” at the meeting with the Lebanese army and the UNIFIL peacekeeping force, a statement from Berri’s office said.
Berri further noted that Lebanon had asked for geographic coordinates but received none.
“This (Israeli accusation) is not based on any real facts at all,” Ali Bazzi, a lawmaker from Berri’s Amal Movement cited him as saying after a meeting.
Furthermore, Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry is going to submit a complaint to the United Nations about “repeated Israeli violations,” according to a report published by NNA.
The developments came only a day after the Israeli military announced an operation against what it said were Hezbollah infiltration tunnels.
Also on Wednesday, Russia called on Israel to uphold United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 in the wake of its recent military activities near the border with Lebanon.
Speaking at a press briefing, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow hopes that no actions will be in conflict with the resolution, which ended the 2006 Israeli aggression against Lebanon and calls on the Israeli regime to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Israeli military has launched an operation along Lebanon’s border under the pretext of “cutting off” what it claims are tunnels dug by the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement.
The Lebanese military has stated that it is prepared for any developments on the border with Israel, making efforts together with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to maintain stability in the area.
“Everything is calm and peaceful on the Lebanese side [of the border]. The situation is under full control. The army units deployed in the area are fulfilling their tasks in coordination with the UNIFIL in order to prevent any provocation and maintain stability in the southern region. The army was ready for any emergency situations,” the military announced in a statement.
The Lebanese army added that it remained in contact both with Israel and Hezbollah, calling on them to use all the mechanisms to de-escalate tensions and prevent any confrontation.