UNIFIL: Contacts underway with LAF over reports on presence of armed individuals during Hezbollah's Blue Line media tour

Fri 21 Apr 2017 at 20:44 Security

NNA - The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon said, in a statement on Friday, that contacts were underway with the Lebanese army following news reports claiming the presence of armed individuals during the media tour organized by Hezbollah along the Blue Line yesterday.

"Shortly before the media delegation reached the area yesterday morning, the Lebanese army notified the UNIFIL of a media tour along the Blue Line, without mentioning any other detail," the UNIFIL said.

"As to reports speaking of the presence of armed individuals among the delegation, the UNIFIL reminds that this would be a breach of resolution 1701; and as per the resolution, the Lebanese authorities bear the main responsibility to verify the presence of unauthorized armed individuals in the area between the Blue Line and Litani River," the statement read.

"Following those reporters, the UNIFIL is holding contacts with the Lebanese Armed Forces to determine the circumstances of what happened," it concluded.


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