Eleven Israeli soldiers carried out a ground incursion into Lebanon Wednesday morning, breaking the border's barbed wire fence near the village of Wazzani and mounting a sandbag barrier roughly 15 meters past the demarcation line. The soldiers reached a Lebanese military zone, Lebanon's National News Agency reported. Ground and air incursions into Lebanon are direct breaches of UN resolution 1701 which ended Israel's war on Lebanon in 2006. Israel has carried out more than 20,000 illegal surveillance flights over Lebanon since that ceasefire. The Lebanese Army and the UN's international peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, are on high alert.
Eleven Israeli paratroopers crossed the barbed wires in the border village of Wazani on Wednesday and advanced 10 to 15 meters north of the wire, almost approaching the Lebanese army. Security sources said that an Israeli excavator erected sandbags and dug holes near the iron gates which it installed a month ago adjacent to the Wazani garden. The Lebanese army and the UNIFIL were in full alert.
The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, warned Israel on Sunday that the Shi’a Islamic militant group would launch thousands of rockets onto cities across Israel if there was ever an attack on Lebanese soil. Nasrallah’s warning words came four days after an eight-day dispute between Israel and the Islamist Hamas rulers of Gaza.