Lebanese Envoy Urges UN to Act Against Israel Border Wall

Amal Mudallali calls on UN Security Council to act, says Israel is breaching post-Second Lebanon War resolution

Israeli military diggers work on the Lebanese-Israeli border next to a wall that was built by Israel in the southern village of Kafr Kila, Lebanon, December 4, 2018
Mohammed Zaatari,AP

Lebanese Ambassador to the United Nations Amal Mudallali filed a complaint with the UN Security Council on Sunday over Israel’s construction of a concrete wall on its border with Lebanon.

Mudallali accused Israel of violating Lebanese sovereignty by continuing to build the wall and other structures inside Lebanon and at points along the blue line near Kibbutz Misgav Am. According to Mudallali, the construction of the wall violates UN Resolution 1701, passed after the Second Lebanon War. 

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Mudallali said Lebanon would continue to protect every centimeter of land and water and called on the Security Council to act immediately on the matter. She also called on the UN peacekeeping force in the area, UNIFIL, to ensure security along the border.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said in response: "Instead of making false complaints, it is time for the Lebanese government to roll up its sleeves and address Hezbollah's violations, which could lead to the residents of southern Lebanon paying a very heavy price."

Danon said Israel will continue to carry out defensive operations in its own territory and "will thwart any threat to its civilians."

Also Sunday, the Israeli army announced the end of Operation Northern Shield, which it launched in early December to destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels crossing into Israel from Lebanon.

Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said the army located on Saturday afternoon the sixth and largest tunnel crossing into Israel and is working to destroy it. Manelis said that with the latest discovery, "the threat posed by the tunnels has been eliminated."