The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have uncovered at least one Hezbollah observation post on the Israel-Lebanon border, which it claims is surreptitiously operating under the guise of a so-called environmental NGO “Green Without Borders.”
The position was found Lebanese border town of Aladisa, which sits a few miles south-west of Metula and east of Kibbutz Misgav Am.
In a statement, the IDF explained that Hezbollah uses Green Without Borders “as a cover story for the organization’s activity in the contact zone and establishes observation posts aimed at gathering information about IDF forces.
“The Hezbollah terrorist organization violates UN Resolution 1701 on a regular basis, operating in the area south of the Litani River, and using civilian camouflage and reinforcing military capabilities in the rural areas of the Shi’ite villages in violation of the UN resolution,” the IDF said.
UN Resolution 1701 states that the presence of any armed group is prohibited, except for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) south of the Litani River.
The IDF said that the Shi’ite terrorist organization regularly violates this decision, moves on the fence armed, attacks Israeli territory, and establishes a military infrastructure near the border, all under the guise of a fictitious society for the environment. In addition, it bases its military capabilities on Shiite villages in southern Lebanon.
It warned that “Hezbollah is acting as someone who thinks that the IDF is not aware of its activities, and is preventing UN forces in the area from examining these positions, claiming that this is a private area and thus preventing any report on the violation of Resolution 1701 from being reviewed.”
Last year, Israel protested to the United Nations Security Council after IDF intelligence revealed that Hezbollah had established a series of outposts along the border under the guise of an environmental organization.
A video released by the IDF at the time showed armed Hezbollah fighters manning at least five observation posts along the border, supposedly run by Green Without Borders.
Hezbollah has been using the outposts to observe IDF movements along the border.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon wrote in a letter to the Security Council that the NGO is funded by and operates on behalf of Hezbollah. Included in the Ambassador’s letter to the Council were photographs of the observation posts and their locations.
In response to increased Hezbollah activity, the Israeli military has erected barriers and deployed tanks to its northern border.