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Lebanese rioters rush the border, clash with IDF troops

Lebanese soldiers armed with RPGs were at the scene in the Golan's Mount Dov region.

From left, Lebanese, Hezbollah and PLO flags on the border with Israel, July 3, 2022. Photo by Ayal Margolin/Flash90.
From left, Lebanese, Hezbollah and PLO flags on the border with Israel, July 3, 2022. Photo by Ayal Margolin/Flash90.

Clashes broke out between IDF soldiers and Lebanese rioters along the border on Friday afternoon.

Lebanese civilians rushed the border and tried to dismantle the security barrier while throwing stones at troops, said the IDF, which responded with crowd dispersal means.

“The IDF will not allow any attempt to violate the sovereignty of the State of Israel,” the military said.

Video footage showed Lebanese soldiers armed with rocket-propelled grenades at the scene in the Mount Dov region, also known as Shebaa Farms, which is part of the Israeli Golan Heights and claimed by Lebanon and Syria.

In March, the Lebanese Army was put on alert after reports that an IDF patrol crossed the frontier.

“An Israeli enemy patrol breached the Blue Line in Ayta ash Shab [village in southern Lebanon], to a distance of approximately one meter,” the Lebanese army said in a statement.

The Blue Line is a temporary border designated by the United Nations on June 7, 2000, after the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.

On March 15, a terrorist who infiltrated from Lebanon planted a roadside bomb in northern Israel that severely wounded a motorist. Shareef ad-Din, 21, from the Israeli Arab town of Salem, was wounded when the explosive device detonated behind a barrier by the side of the road near the Megiddo Junction, some 18 miles southeast of Haifa.

The Israel Defense Forces did not name who it believes dispatched the terrorist but did not rule out Hezbollah.

The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization has built dozens of observation and guard posts along the border over the past year.

According to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War between the IDF and Hezbollah, the terrorist group is forbidden from operating near the frontier.

Hezbollah launched its border post project in parallel to Israel’s construction of a fortified fence along the 140-kilometer border.

Despite having no formal relations, Israel and Lebanon in October signed a U.S.-mediated maritime border deal. Then-opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “historic surrender” that would send money to Hezbollah and give Iran access to the offshore Qana gas field.

In April, the IDF struck Hamas assets in southern Lebanon after the Palestinian terrorist group fired 34 rockets towards northern Israel.

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