Hezbollah uses NGO to conceal border posts

Pauline Gross
June 23, 2017

In his address at the annual Herzliya Conference, Eshel said that in just a few days, Israel's air force can now bring as much power as it did during the entire 2006 war against Hezbollah.

Israel on Thursday accused its Lebanese arch-foe Hezbollah of expanding observation posts along the border under the cover of an environmental NGO, in what it called a "dangerous provocation".

Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, on Thursday sent a letter to UNSC member states detailing intelligence that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have collected about the installations, which it says have been set up in the name of Green Without Borders, a Hezbollah-funded environmental charity.

Ambassador Danon concluded his letter by calling on the Security Council to demand that the government of Lebanon dismantle these observation posts immediately.

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More than 1,200 Lebanese died in the 34 day military conflict more than a decade ago, sparked when Hezbollah attacked an Israeli border patrol, kidnapped two soldiers and killed several more. One showed a pair of uniformed men climbing onto a watchtower. There was no immediate comment from Lebanon or Hezbollah.

Green Without Borders claims that its goal is to expand the green areas of Lebanon and raise environmental awareness. Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Shiite group, has since built up an arsenal that is now believed to include well over 100,000 missiles and rockets aimed at Israel.

He delivered a message to the people of Lebanon living in Hezbollah occupied areas to get out if the group and Isreal ever came into conflict again.

Although Hezbollah has suffered heavy losses backing up the forces of President Bashar Assad in the Syrian civil war, Israel considers the group to be a serious threat.

Other reports by GizPress

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