Israel Uncovers Hezbollah Post Near Lebanon Border, in Violation of UN Resolution

The post was erected under the guise of an activity by an environmental non-governmental organization, Israel says. 'Hezbollah is building military infrastructure along the border with its men moving there armed'

Hezbollah observation post near the Israeli-Lebanese border.
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Israel says it has recently uncovered an observation post Hezbollah established near its border with Lebanon, in violation to a UN Security Council resolution.

This position, the sixth Israel says it has identified along the border, was erected under the guise of an activity by an environmental non-governmental organization.

In July Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, presented photos of five other such position. Israel has yet to act to remove those positions.

Hezbollah observation post near the Israeli-Lebanese border
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An officer in the Israel Defense Forces' Northern Command told reporters on Monday that the new position is located near the Lebanese village of Al-Adisa, about one kilometer from the Israeli border, opposite to Kibbutz Misgav Am. The observation post, he said, was established as to look like it belongs to the NGO "Green Without Borders," but in fact was a Hezbollah observation post that monitors Israeli army operations on the Israeli side of the border.

"There are no birds or forests there," the official said. "Hezbollah is building military infrastructure along the border with its men moving there armed when they are watching the Israeli border. This is military infrastructure in civilian guise."

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that the Green Without Borders was a "fictitious NGO."

Hezbollah observation post near the Israeli-Lebanese border
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UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah, barred military Hezbollah presence south of the Litani River in Lebanon. The Lebanese militia violates this resolution regularly, and the UNIFIL, the peacekeeping force stationed there, fails to confront it.

Every time UNIFIL asks to inspect suspicious sites in southern Lebanon villages, the local residents respond that these are private homes and courtyards and that the UN force cannot enter without receiving their permission. Therefore, Hezbollah can operate freely in south Lebanon.

On Friday, Fox News reported that U.S. and Western intelligence officials believe Iran has intensified its advanced weaponry shipments to Hezbollah.

Hezbollah observation post near the Israeli-Lebanese border
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Recent shipments included GPS components which are meant to upgrade unguided rockets into precision-guided missiles, the report said. Officials told Fox a flight carrying one of the shipments arrived in Lebanon on Tuesday.

Fox used the Flightradar24 software, which tracks flight data, to identify one of the flights. The Fars Air Qeshm flight departed from Tehran and flew to an unknown destination, according to the flight data. It later landed in Damascus before proceeding to Lebanon several hours after.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed a secret Iranian nuclear storage facility in Tehran and hidden missiles in Beirut during his address at the United Nations' General Assembly session in September.

Hezbollah observation post near the Israeli-Lebanese border
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"Hezbollah is using the innocent people of Beirut as human shields," Netanyahu said, showing a picture of a missile site underneath a soccer stadium.

The missile storehouses are part of joint effort of Iran and Hezbollah to upgrade the organization’s missile forces, while Hezbollah’s goal is to convert its present missiles and build a long-range precision ground-to-ground missile force.

Israel has known of the sites Netanyahu exposed for about a year, but until now the information had been presented only to a small group of people inside the intelligence community. 

Hezbollah observation post near the Israeli-Lebanese border
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Lebanon dismissed Netanyahu's charges, with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil saying earlier this month that Israel was seeking to "justify another aggression" with false allegations of missile sites belonging to Hezbollah. 

Bassil convened foreign ambassadors to respond to Netanyahu's claims and planned to take them on a tour of at least one of the locations in Beirut. 

Netanyahu called the foreign ambassador tour "a futile campaign," saying that Bassil refrained from taking the ambassadors "to the underground missile manufacturing plant which is located underground."

"The ambassadors should ask themselves why they had to wait three days before carrying out the tour. As a matter of course, Hezbollah is careful to clean up the area at the sites that were uncovered," Netanyahu said.