IDF Shoots Tears Gas at Protestors Crossing Lebanese Border

BEIRUT (AP/Hamodia) -
A view of Lebanon from the Israeli side of the Lebanon-Israeli border near Hanikra, by the U.N. Blue Line. (Doron Horowitz/Flash90)

The IDF confirmed that it shot tear gas at protestors on the Lebanese border, but said that contrary to a Lebanese media report, it did so only after they crossed the Blue Line into the U.N. and demilitarized zone.

According to Lebanon’s National News agency, Israel’s military fired tear gas across the border into Lebanon to break up a small Lebanese protest against cameras installed there.

According to the IDF& spokesperson’s office, only two of a group of Lebanese protestors were involved in the incident. The military responded as it did to “prevent further infiltrations into Israeli territory.”

The U.N. peacekeeping force, UNIFIL, said it is investigating the conflicting claims and that the situation later calmed.

UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti said there are no Israeli cameras that violate the U.N. demarcated borders.