Sunday, May 29th, 2016

UNIFIL: Border watchtowers to be used only by Lebanese military

Narada Desk | May 29, 2016 3:12 am Print
The new towers erected in Southern Lebanon will be used for observation only and will not fall into the hands of Hezbollah, says United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
Lebanon watch tower

Lebanese: The new watchtowers which were recently erected on the Lebanese border with Israel will be used for observation by the Lebanese military only, according to statements made by United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Head of Mission Maj. Gen. Luciano Portolano.

Portolano attempted to assuage Israeli concerns over the towers, which have been built in several strategic points, and within just several weeks. Talking to Ynet on Friday, he said that UNIFIL doesn’t foresee a war in the border area in the near future, despite occasional harsh statements by representatives from both sides of the potential conflict.

The Italian Portolano, who will be leaving his office in July, spoke at Tel Aviv University, mentioning that similar watchtowers exist on the Israeli side of the border as well. He said that the Lebanese have also agreed that the only body to use the towers shall be the Lebanese military, strongly implying that Hezbollah will not have access to them.

When asked about the possibility of war erupting in the region, Portolano said that chances aren’t high, but anything was possible. According to him, Israel and Lebanon are both committed to UN Security Council resolution 1701, which brought the Second Lebanon War to an end, despite some tactical violations of it over the years.