Israeli Army Disperses Protesters Who Crossed Border From Lebanon

The protest was held in wake of reports that Israel installed surveillance devices near Lebanese border village.

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An archive photo from March 2016 shows the Israel-Lebanon border, near Kibbutz Misgav Am.
An archive photo from March 2016 shows the Israel-Lebanon border, near Kibbutz Misgav Am. Credit: Noa Shpigel
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Dozens of Lebanese protesters gathered near the Israeli border on Saturday after local media reported that the Israeli military installed surveillance devices near the village of Meiss Ej Jabal on Wednesday.

The army said it used gas and smoke grenades to disperse the protesters when two crossed the international border. They were unarmed and remained behind Israel's border fence, the IDF said.

Israeli and Hezbollah leaders have been trading public threats in recent weeks. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah recently threatened to target Israel's nuclear facility in Dimona and the ammonia tank in Haifa, warning that Israel "should count to a million before declaring war." In turn, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who observed a military drill conducted by the Golani Brigade this week, said the exercise is the answer "to all the threats and fabrications we hear across the border.

"Anyone who hasn't seen the Golani drill would do well to keep hiding in an underground bunker," Lieberman said, alluding to Nasrallah.

IDF chief of staff Gadi Eiskenkott, meanwhile, told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Nasrallah's threats were meant to create a "deterrence equation" while the organization shows no intention of initiating hostilities against Israel. 

Earlier this week, Lebanese television channel Al-Jadeed reported that an Israel Air force aircraft attacked targets in the al-Qatifa Mountains, located on the outskirts of the Syrian capital. According to the report, the attack was carried out from Lebanese airspace. he Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen also reported of the strike, saying that it was carried out by two air-to-surface missiles and didn’t result in injuries or substantial damage. The Lebanese army denied the reports. 

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