Device installed by Israeli Army south of BL removed

1 Mar 2017

Device installed by Israeli Army south of BL removed

UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tenenti touched on Wednesday on the situation in the area around the southern town of Meis al-Jabal and what UNIFIL is doing in relation to the surveillance camera installed by the Israeli Army in a disputed area east of the town.

In response to a question by the National News Agency (NNA), Tenenti said that “UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary has been in constant contact with the parties to find a solution in order to avoid any misunderstandings that could increase tension and further negatively affect security arrangements in the area around Meis al-Jabal.”

“Following these contacts, the device installed by the Israeli Army south of the Blue Line has now been removed,” Tenenti said, adding that “this measure was agreed after lengthy discussions between UNIFIL and each of the parties as a way to minimise tensions or any misunderstanding that could lead to escalation of the situation in this sensitive stretch of the Blue Line.”

“UNIFIL considers it imperative to reach agreed solutions with both sides aimed at building confidence among the parties and decrease tension,” he noted.

“UNIFIL encourages the parties to make the utmost use of our confidence building measures through the established liaison and coordination mechanisms that have proved effective in containing incidents, violations and de-conflicting the situation at critical moments,” Tenenti added.

The UNIFIL spokesperson also noted that “the situation along the Blue Line and across the UNIFIL area of operations remains stable.”​