Live update on Lebanon-Israel border clashes

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday slammed Israel’s “aggression” against his country.

Hariri condemned the “violation of Lebanese sovereignty and demands … the United Nations and the international community bear their responsibilities and pressure Israel to stop its aggression,” a statement from his office said.

Hariri, who is vacationing in Sardinia, phoned President Michel Suleiman, Army Commander Gen. Jean Qahwaji and the UNIFIL command to follow up “the Israeli scandalous violation of resolution 1701.”

He also phoned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit and discussed with them ways to confront the Israeli aggression, protect Lebanese sovereignty, and implement resolution 1701.

Suleiman

President Michel Suleiman on Tuesday also condemned the Israeli aggression in southern Lebanon

An Israeli tank maneuvers near the site of an exchange of fire between Israeli and Lebanese troops along the border between Israel and Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010.
An Israeli tank maneuvers near the site of an exchange of fire between Israeli and Lebanese troops along the border between Israel and Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010.

He said the Israeli violation in Adaisseh was in violation of Security Council resolution 1701 which the U.N. is keen on implementing.

Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwaji informed Suleiman about the details of the Israeli violation and stressed the need to confront any Israeli attempt to carry out an aggression.

Israel

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel sees the government of Lebanon as responsible for this grave incident and warns of consequences in the event that disturbances of this kind continue.

Al-Manar TV reporter Ali Shuaib was reportedly slightly wounded during the clashes.

An Israeli Lieutenant Colonel was killed and an Israeli soldier was seriously wounded according to Al-Manar TV

Berri

Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri urged the government to file a complaint against Israel at the Security Council.

Emergency meeting

The Higher Defense Council will hold an emergency meeting in Baabda to take the necessary steps after the Israeli attack in the South.

Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad telephoned Lebanese president Michel Suleiman in solidarity, stressing that “Syria stands by Lebanon in the face of the Israeli attacks.”

Security Council

A diplomatic source told Akhbar al-Yawm news agency on Tuesday that Lebanon will call for a UN Security Council emergency session to discuss Tuesday’s clashes between the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) along the border earlier in the day.

Lebanese army report

A Lebanese army spokesperson said the clashes erupted near Adaisseh village after Israeli soldiers attempted to uproot a tree on the Lebanese side of the fenced border. At least three Lebanese soldiers died as a result of the violence.

Aoun

MP Michel Aoun condemned the Israeli attack following a meeting of the Change and Reform bloc

-” It is not surprising for Israel to make such attacks. Lebanon has not assaulted Israel.” He said and added

“The Lebanese army proved today that there is a Lebanese determination for self-defense against Israel .

He added: We consider Israeli attacks against the army a crime. The UN must condemn Israel because it breached UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

He defended the role of Hezbollah:

“The role of the Resistance begins when Israel enters the Lebanese territories. Confronting Israel is in the hands of the Lebanese army. The Resistance’s tasks begin when the Lebanese army is not capable of doing its job.” He said

Aoun used the occasion to attack the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and said ” The false witnesses are an obstacle that is blinding the tribunal”.

All the so called false witnesses were Syrian Intelligence officers, who reportedly tried to mislead the UN investigation

Lebanese Forces

The Lebanese Forces issued a statement on Tuesday calling on the Lebanese to unite behind the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)’s efforts to defend Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence.

The LF called on the cabinet to file a complaint to the UN Security Council following the clashes and to be on alert in case of possible Israeli attacks in the future.

“We will not accept any attack on our territories from anyone,” the statement said.

Arab league

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa calls President Michel Suleiman to condemn the Israeli attacks against Lebanon

2 Israeli commanders wounded

AFP reported that two Israeli commanders were wounded in Lebanon clashes

Boutros Harb

Labor minister Boutros harb called for uniting around the Lebanese army in defending Lebanon against the Israeli aggression.

Hariri/ Sarkozy

PM Hariri called French president Nicolas Sarkozy to condemn the Israeli attack to urge him to put pressure on Israel over violations of 1701 resolution

Israeli soldiers use a crane as they appear to cut a tree on the Lebanese side of the border in the southern village of Adaisseh, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010.

Israeli commander dead

The Israeli army has admitted that a high ranking Israeli army officer was killed in the border clash . Earlier Al Manar TV reported that an Israeli Lieutenant Colonel was killed.

2 Lebanese soldiers killed

The Lebanese army confirmed that 2 soldiers were killed and not 3 as was reported in the media

Security council

AFP reported that UN Security Council will meet over Lebanese-Israeli border clashes

German reaction

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expressed concern on Tuesday over the deadly clashes between Israeli and Lebanese forces along their shared border.

‘I am concerned at these violent skirmishes and deeply regret that it has apparently led to deaths and injuries,’ Westerwelle said in a statement.

‘An escalation of the situation must be avoided at all costs,’ the minister said, calling on both sides to exercise restraint and cooperate with the UN peace troops operating in the region.

‘Everything must be done so that the efforts for peace and equilibrium in the region are not endangered,’ Westerwelle added.

Higher defense council

Lebanese Higher Defense Council discussed the clashes in the South and gave the order to confront any attack against Lebanon.

“After consultations, the council has … given instructions to face all aggressions on our territory, army and people by all available means, no matter the sacrifices,” said General Said Eid, the head of the council.

UNIFIL clashes

MTV reported that a verbal quarrel erupted between the residents of the southern town of Adaisseh and a UNIFIL patrol.

Hamade’s reaction

Lebanese MP Marwan Hamade said the clash proves once again that Lebanese army is the protector of Lebanese sovereignty and independence

Israel admits

OTV reported that an Israeli army officer admitted that the clash started after the Israeli army tried to remove trees near the blue line in order to install cameras

Hamas

Hamas on Tuesday hailed the Lebanese Army for confronting the Israeli troops during the fiercest border clashes since the July 2006 war

“We stand with Lebanon and pay tribute to its national army which has the right to counter the repeated Zionist violations in order to defend the land and Lebanese sovereignty,” Hamas said in the statement released in Damascus.

The Islamist group urged the United Nations “to assume its responsibilities and contain Israeli arrogance and aggressions” and denounced Israel for “non-respect of international law.

Foreign minister

MTV reported ” The Lebanese Foreign Minister summoned the ambassadors and UN envoy to discuss the latest Israeli aggression against Lebanon”

UNIFIL

The acting commander of U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon visited the location of Tuesday clashes between Israeli and Lebanese troops along the border, urging both parties to exercise restraint.

“After the exchange of fire between Lebanese and Israeli forces along the Blue Line this afternoon, UNIFIL has been focused on restoring calm in the area through intensive contacts with both the parties,” Neeraj Singh, spokesman for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) told Agence France Presse.

He said Brigadier General Santi Bonfanti had flown by helicopter to the site at the Lebanese border village of Adaysseh and had personally called on both parties to “stop firing in all the area”.

“UNIFIL’s immediate priority is to consolidate the calm and we are urging both parties to exercise maximum restraint,” he added.

Phalane minister

Selim el-Sayegh, Lebanon’s minister of social affairs (and a member of the Phalange party), told Al Jazeera that he didn’t believe the Lebanese army instigated the fighting (as the Israeli government has alleged).

One time event

General Gadi Eisenkot, the head of Israel’s northern command, called the clashes a “one-time event,” and said he didn’t expect the violence to escalate.

Gemayel

Lebanon’s former president and Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel hailed the Lebanese Army for its “heroic posture”, calling on the Lebanese diplomacy to conduct “the necessary contacts to cope with the dangerous developments.”

Al Akhbar reporter

Al Akhbar reporter Assaf Abu Rahhal who was killed during the clashes today will be buried in his home town al Kafeer in Hasbayya district. Funeral arrangements are underway

Meanwhile Al Manar reporter Ali Shoaib who was wounded in the clash is being hospitalized in Mais el Jebel hospital . he will be relocated later to Sheikh Ragheb Hospital in Nabatieh

Future bloc

Following its weekly meeting on Tuesday, the Future bloc issued a statement calling on the Lebanese to unite in confronting Israeli plots against Lebanon.

The bloc condemned Israel’s attacks against the Lebanese Armed Force

Syria condemns attack

Syria on Tuesday condemned “the heinous aggression” launched by Israel against Lebanon after an exchange of fire along the tense border killed four Lebanese, including three soldiers.

Damascus noted that the attack reflected Israeli concerns over the “signs of stability” in Lebanon following the tripartite Lebanese-Saudi-Syrian summit.

“President Assad considers that this aggression proves once more that Israel has always been seeking to destabilize security and stability in Lebanon and the region,” SANA said.

Escalation ruled out

Future TV reported that Israel has ruled out escalation of the tension

based on informed government sources

UN security council

The United Nations Security Council wrapped up a brief closed-door meeting on Israel and Lebanon.

Alain Le Roy, the head of UN peacekeeping operations, said the UN is still investigating the incident, and that he’ll have more details tomorrow. The Security Council didn’t issue any formal statement on today’s skirmish.

Lebanese soldiers identified

The Lebanese army identified the 2 Lebanese soldiers that were killed during the border clash with Israel as:

Robert Elias al Ashi , 32 . Born in Hadath, a suburb of Beirut

Abdullah Mohammad al Tufaili, 39 Born in Beirut

US reaction

PJ Crowley, the US state department spokesman, urged “maximum restraint” from both sides, and said the US was in touch with both the Israeli and Lebanese governments.

“We are trying to understand what happened… our greatest concern is that whatever did happen not be repeated. The region has enough tension as it is. The last thing that we want to see is that this incident expand into something more significant.”

Hezbollah condemns the attack against reporters

Hezbollah issued a statement in which it condemned Israel for the killing of al Akhbar reporter and the wounding of Hezbollah’s al Manar reporter .

The statement did not mention anything about the Lebanese army soldiers killed in the clash.

Nasrallah

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is delivering his speech, as usual via video right now in front of a large crowd in Beirut

Nasrallah said that Hezbollah would put itself “at the disposal” of the Lebanese army, which he praised for its bravery.

“The Israeli hand that targets the Lebanese army will be cut off.” He said

Aerial view

The IDF released an aerial photograph Tuesday night, showing that the IDF soldiers involved in the deadly clashes with Lebanese forces on Tuesday were standing in Israeli territory when they were fired upon, and did not cross the Lebanese border. This information was also reportedly confirmed by a UNIFIL representative.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said :

“I hold the Lebanese government directly responsible for this provocation.”

  • Sydney, Australia

    this is why Lebanon needs Hezbollah…. the Army is great and strong but cant defend lebanon if Israel attacks us. love to Lebanon, the Army and Hezbollah.

    • George Haddad N.J.

      Yes i bet you 100 dollars that hezbollah started the whole thing so they can say we didn’t do it. It was israel who trying to uproot a treet. Let’s say here if they were and i am not with all honesty siding with the israelis and i wholeheartly support the lebanese army. But what we can really know who caused it before we make judgment. I am certain that elements in the army started this thing are definitely doing it based on orders by Nassrallah. This is to start a war and when israel attacks lebanon inside its territory. Who is going to fight back beside the army? you guessed it its your peacefull and courageous HA. so then everyone will basically have to stand not only behind the army but also by the resistance? and what kind of people would call for the STL to try hezbollah members and would be called for treason. Very smart plans invented over the last weekend by Walid Muellam and hezbollah. Start something thru somebody else and you come to the rescue should war starts out..

      This is possible and i would not have any doubts that hezbollah started the whole thing behind the scene to create even a small scale war so it will divert attentions from the whole tribunal. As far as needing HA we need it then to integrate in the army and act based on the whole united gov’t approval on peace and war. It seems to me that HA keep longing for attentions and also itching for a war. I hope and pray that no war will happen and the STL will not go away and it will convict the murders not just of Hariri but of all innocent lebanese. Why don’t Sydney boy go play with the Kangaroo or something and stop advocating war..

      • Sydney, Australia

        Lol your funny… iam not advocating war at all, i Love Lebanon, i was there lasy year for 7 weeks, (had the best time ever) all i am sayng is that Hezbollah is a group we need in Lebanon, the Lebanese Army dosnt have the weapons to fight Israel and Hezbollah cant join the Army because there are to many factions in the Army, i dont see an issue in having an Army and a group that wants to help Lebanon if Israel attcks… i grew up in Australia and i have western values but i still think Hezbollah is a great group who has made Lebanon a country that hold its head high and have something to be proud of… dont ever forget the DEVINE VICTORY IN 2006 (RIP to all Lebanese who lost there lives) god bless all the fighters who died fighting for Lebanon.

      • ShOuFTaNjA

        George:

        The Israelis where unrooting a tree in Lebanese territory, in My book that is trespassing and destruction of private property, this is a provocation to all Lebanese and is an issue in which Honour and Pride is compromised, I don’t think at all that ANY SOLDIER WITH DIGNITY would have to ask Hezbollah blessing to act immediately, It worries Me that some “Lebanese” get so inclined to change one oppression like Hezbollah for another like Israel, When are We going to be just TRUE LEBANESE? What the heck is going to Your mind when You are trying to justify Israel? are You Nuts?

      • Elias

        George haddad you’re full of it. This is not the time for you and Tarie to pick on the resistance and encourage civil strife. I have heard extreme views but you guys topped it allright. Why don’t guys go to Israel and stay there.

    • t

      hey sydney shia go live in iran.

  • KB

    Hmmm… Interesting! The angle of this picture is coming from the Israeli side of the border.

  • tony ali

    george you’re hilarious man. are you blind habeebi? look at the picture above. it clearly shows the israelis in lebanese territories.

    i cant believe that lebanese like you my friend want to attack HA for this incident.

    you keep forgetting that HA is lebanese. HA will not in any way do anything right now to alienate itself from lebanese support so look at the picture again and the proof is in the pudding.

    united we stand divided we fall my brother. this was a clear israel violation trying to draw HA into a fight. if you cant see this, you are choosing to be blind habeebi.

    • Sydney, Australia

      spot on!!!! some people are just……. i wont say it ill be nice. lol

  • Serj Tankian

    Hey George

    sometimes when I go to bed, I cannot sleep. you know, I worry about life, my kids, money, the usual.

    would that be h/a fault as well? you should have said, I’ll write to nasralla asking for compensation!

    • aloush

      lmaooo. tht’s funnyy.

  • George

    The fence is not the blue line. Israel coordinated with UNIFIL for this maintenance work, between the fence and the border. UNIFIL then passed the information to the Lebanese who sent the snipers to ambush the Israelis. Don’t complain if you are at war again very soon. If Hezbollah then bombs TelAviv, the whole Beirut will become a parking lot.

    • KKT

      George Go F..K Yourself

      • Leb-Syrian

        LOL +1!

  • Jacob-International Relations

    The only smart people here are both Georges.

    1) The border is several meters to the north of the Fence. This is recognized by Lebanon, UN and Israel.

    SO don’t be silly and make assumptions from a picture without having facts.

    2) Lebanses snipers (probably working for Hezbullah) opened fire first on Israeli soldiers.

    3) MOST important, Hezbullah is laughing at all you Lebanese because they staged this to divert attention from their tribunal/trials. They assasinate your politicians (Rafiq Harir…may he rest in Peace)and you accept them?

    You already have an Army. Only the Leb Army should be operating in Lebanon.

    Hezbullah is an occupation force funded and armed by your enemies Syria and Iran.

    All you have to do is be brave take back your country …free of Iranian/Syrian influence aka Hezbullah and then you and Israel can make peace.

    Hezbullah is the only thing standing in the way of Peace and stability between ISrael and You.

    How much do you love your families? Don’t you love them enough to make a better Lebanon? Don’t you love them enough to make a real ;asting peace with Israel?

    • George Haddad N.J.

      Jacob i agree with you and these people are so naive to believe otherwise. As far as the guy from Sydney, what divine victory man. come on if it was not for you guys to hide behind Qana School again to cause israel to attack it and this one along again cause the UN to create 1701 resolution. You have succeeded to sacrifice christians and even many shiites and sunnis in the south by shooting from around their homes and schools. You have succeeded to shoot from around the UN headquarters where it got bombed by the israelis. You have succeeded with your cries to get the world to stop israel from demolishing your dahia and the south. Now you have succeeded to create a mini war between the army and israel and keep things moving away from the tribunal. If israel really wanted to hurt the army and create a war, their cannons would have not stopped by now. so stop your arrogance and this divine victory i call it 1701 UN resolution where it stopped the israelis from slaughtering your thugs. If you have attacked the israelis directly people are going to accuse you of diverting from the STL. So the plans here with the syrians coming to lebanon last week was to create such atmosphere at the border. Syria condemns as usual the incident and we’re here standing by to support you. Yes you been standing there for over 30 yrs and i have not seen raise a gun against the israelis you cowards. Stop the foolish acts Nassrallah and stop killing lebanon because you don’t want to hand over few members of your tribes..

      • Karim

        yislam temak ya george. Divine victory my ass. I can’t beleive how someone can be so brainwashed to believe that the ha was victorious in 2006; but again survival is the definition of victory in the arab world even if the earth around you was collapsing.

        I read once and it made lot of sense to me, at least, that israe will attack ha only when they find out where the smelly rat nasrala is hiding. I think ha through the lebanese army is instigating to divert attention from the stl. next time when the war breaks, i’ll enjoy watching these rats get smoked and i doubt many will open their homes to them like in 2006.

      • Jimmy

        George and Javob I agree 100% wih both of you. The other still sound emotional over hezballah are Lebanese only on their ID but physically and mentally are Persian. They are murderers too killing son many through Syrian commands. Why does not hezballah save our Lebanese Christians from Syrian jail? Why hezballah members keep treating me like shit when see my cross hanging out in my car? Thanks guys am with you.

      • Fiche

        What happened when Israel bombed the Christians of Mar Jayoun when trying to evacuate after 6 hours of negotiations with the IDF? You know that Israelis killed Christians too? Or have You forgotten? Georgie Boy?

        What is Your response to that?

      • Ali Kheshadd

        Listen to yourself, calling Syria our enemies. I was involved in the 2006 bombings as a victim. Syria came to my family’s aid and took as to a safe house, which then took us to our airplane. It delivered us back to our house in Florida. Go get a life and open your eyes.

        And anyways they were about a minute from the border and Israel was planting cameras to spy on us.

        You’re so low you kill civilians.

        Your gun arms are dishonorable.

        You must really want to get yourselves bombed real badly, don’t you? You Zionists will suffer for yoyr sins in the end.

        ALLAHUAKBAR!!

      • Leb-Syrian

        Yeslam timmak ya ali!

    • Sandman

      Jacob,

      We don’t need the likes of you to preach to us about peace and a better Lebanon. Israel has invaded Lebanon now 3 times and every time it made some excuse at first it was the PLO in Lebanon and now its HA. All the zionist state is interesdted in is the land that was given to Abraham by God (The Real Estate Agent) from the Nile to the Euphrates.

      I got news for you and your ilk, DREAM ON! All the weapons and all the political support you get from the US will not be enough to take on the Lebanese because they have on thing your kind doesn’t have PRIDE. Some people were not born to kneel and submit to occupation.

      We won’t live under occupation yours or anyone else’s.

      A man in Israel once spoke of Peace and an Israeli killed him RIP Yitzak Rabin.

      • Ali Kheshadd

        You configure an excellent point.

    • Jacob-International Relations

      This is a great and smart commment.

  • ShOuFTaNjA

    I SAY THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF WITNESS TO SPECULATE OR TO DIGRESS… AND MANY OF YOU ARE DISORIENTED AND CONFUSED BARKING TO EACH OTHER, YOU GUYS DON’T SEE CLEAR WHAT IS GOING ON, AND I DON’T WANT TO GIVE MY LAND EITHER TO HA OR ISRAHELL, MY LAND IS PHOENICIAN MARONITE/CATHOLIC

    Israel admits

    OTV reported that an Israeli army officer admitted that the clash started after the Israeli army tried to remove trees near the blue line in order to install cameras

    Suleiman

    President Michel Suleiman on Tuesday also condemned the Israeli aggression in southern Lebanon

    He said the Israeli violation in Adaisseh was in violation of Security Council resolution 1701 which the U.N. is keen on implementing.

    An Israeli tank maneuvers near the site of an exchange of fire between Israeli and Lebanese troops along the border between Israel and Lebanon, this show that Israeli soldiers where ready for a pre-planned confrontation. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010.

    Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwaji informed Suleiman about the details of the Israeli violation and stressed the need to confront any Israeli attempt to carry out an aggression.

    Lebanese army report
A Lebanese army spokesperson said the clashes erupted near Adaisseh village after Israeli soldiers attempted to uproot a tree on the Lebanese side of the fenced border. At least three Lebanese soldiers died as a result of the violence.

    Lebanese Forces

    The Lebanese Forces issued a statement on Tuesday calling on the Lebanese to unite behind the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)’s efforts to defend Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence.
The LF called on the cabinet to file a complaint to the UN Security Council following the clashes and to be on alert in case of possible Israeli attacks in the future.
“We will not accept any attack on our territories from anyone,” the statement said.

  • Tony Smith

    If we did not have Hezbollah we would not need to fight Israel.

    Israel would rather have peace with Lebanon but thanks to Syria ,Hezbollah and all the arab trouble makers we are not allowed to sign a peace agreement.They all worry about solving the Palestinian proble but no one wants them on their land.

    Arab governments are nothing but a bunch of hypocrets.

    • Jimmy

      Tony Smith, you should call yourself John smith

      man, I agreed fully with ur comments

      thumb up

    • Ali Kheshadd

      Shut your trap and get your facts straight. We do have refuges for the poor Palestinians that burn and kill. Just because you suffered from a Holocaust doesn’t mean we should too.

      Allah be ya3ti al Ha

  • Constantin

    We should all stand behind the Lebanese army who was doing its duties by defending our sovereignty on our land. However, this is an isolated incident (hopefully) and I am very sorry for the lost lives from the Army and the Lebanese reporter.

    The matter of the fact is that in any military conflict with Israel the Lebanese party will always have more casualties than the Israeli party, just because the Israelis are better equipped than the Lebanese! This is a fact that will never change, unfortunately. So any aggression by the Israelis in the south should be first dealt with through the UNIFIL to avoid any military conflicts that really do not serve nobody, and do not serve Lebanon, especially. Firing on the Israelis is heroic, but very very costly, we are not up to it, to put it bluntly.

    Please Please the HA supporters don’t come and tell me that : “for this reason we need HA and its resistance”: No we don’t because HA is not up to it either, remember that HA hits and hides among the population or any hole they can find, they cannot and will never be able to face the Israeli army as the Lebanese army does, with honor and courage.

    Anyways, today’s incident is not a HA issue, but tension in the country and the region is materializing with incidents like these. People are thinking and talking about conflicts and war all the time, well there you go war and conflict took place. Only if our ignorant politicians understood this concept: THEIR MINDS AND THEIR THINKING IS CREATING THE WAR AND THE CASUALTIES. The whole country and all the people are expecting conflicts and war, and they are getting what they are thinking about.

    Think peace, harmony, love and properity, then you get peace, harmony, love and prosperity, you think war and conflicts you get war and conflicts.

    Watch your thoughts, your words and your actions. Everything starts in the mind!

  • Tarie AL fanarie

    I have read many news articles and none included any condemnation or reactions from hezbollah. The only thing was said is that one of their reporter’s got injured during the clashes. Why is hezbollah is keeping low profile against their fiercset enemy? could it be its trying to keep so low so it doesn’t bring attention to it that it might indirectly caused this border incident? what are they waiting for Nassrallah to scream on TV and our heads off so he can tell us the Army needs the resistance? Israel has done this before where they have uprooted a tree to install cameras? why now attack them? i really doubt very much and israel has been restrained from shooting at lebanese border without being antagonized first.. You can call me israeli agent all you like but this sounds to me its a cooked plan in progress. Israel have kidnaped many lebanese and we didn’t raise a gun. yet they uprooted a tree and we fire at them? why now? why not 2 month ago? why why hezbollah are you so quiet? Why are you happy about this incident so you can divert attentions from the tribunal? well done and are you happy to have soldiers and journalist killed so you can promote your cause further and distract everyone away from you. I wander what you’re going to do next? what did Muallem have divised a plan with you last week? why are you so quiet? makes you wander what they really up to next..

    • Sydney, Australia

      Sayed Hassan has a speach at 8:30 (Lebanon times) and he will talk then, thats why he didnt say anything yet… also i just wanna say to everyone here i find it so hard to read all these commenets about Hezbollah, i really think we all need to proud of Hezbollah, they are helping Lebanon survive the disgusting enemy we have called Israel, with Hezbollah Lebanon wont survive if Israel attcks… guys Hezbollah is great weapon we have, its the only weapon we can use and be proud of, you people should have respect for Hezbollah and Sayed Hassan.

    • Craig the Great

      You know why Hezbollah did nothing?

      They don.t want to cause a full scale war. The Israelis uprooted the tree as a provokation to start a war. Go take a yoga class or something to open your eyes.

  • Serj Tankian

    Look people

    Clearly, we are all anti hizballa, but what happened to:

    ana w khayye 3a ibn amme w ana w ibn 3amme 3al ghareeb??

    • Sydney, Australia

      im not anti… i think Hezbollah is a major power we all should be proud of.

      • Melbourne, Australia

        We should all be proud of an organisation that worked for Lebanon’s interest, nor syria’s!!

    • Leb-Aussie

      i’m new to this site but i am not anti-HA at all

    • Mario

      are you the guitarist of system of a down? 😛

  • Serj Tankian

    Constantin, spot on mate. it is all in the mind. even the notion of god is exactly that..in the mind!

  • ghazi

    It could be possible that HA opened fire from behind the Lebanese Army positions for the following reasons.

    1-If the Lebanese Army had orders to fire they would have been dug in and most likely no casualty. To me the army looks that they were not even expecting it. They were not combat formation.

    2-It took about ½ hour before the arriving of the civil defense cars to move the injured and there was not Lebanese Army medical as part of the Lebanese Army formation.

    In any event, the Lebanese government knew how to positively harvest the incident and use it to the benefit of the Lebanese Army and boost its moral.

    This action is telling the people that HA is not the only one to fight Israel and the Lebanese Army does not really need HA’s help.

  • Rory

    If any country attacks Lebanon tomorrow, I will stand by he who defends my country. If it’s hizballah then Hizballah I support you whole heartedly. If it’s Hariri, I’ll hail him. Aoun, Jomblat.. etc same thing! and to all Lebanese out there who are ,at times like this, arguing amongst each other about internal Lebanese political sides; you really should think twice! It’s nice to know where the limits are, and right now what Lebanon needs is a united front so to all Lebanese out there, when Israel or any other country tries to disturb our peace or harm our children, we should remember what we truly are: Lebanese (one country) Right now, we are not Shias, Sinnas, Christians and Druze we are Lebanese. This is the time to put our differences aside and put up a united front of the real enemy and that’s our invader and not each other! I truly hope the people in Lebanon will always remember that, because I for one know for a fact that whether Israel killed a Muslim guy or a Christian guy or a Dirzi guy, my heart would ache just the same; because in my eyes that guy is Lebanese and he is my part of my Lebanese family. Which is why I’m just gonna say Long Live Lebanon and long live he who protects Lebanon from harm!!

    • Ghazi

      Please do not question or lecture me about patriotism. I know who I am and did my duty when it came to defending Lebanon.

      What I am trying to pass to you all is that HA does not care about Lebanon as a nation and never cared about the Lebanese government hence to HA the goal is to have his own state “check on previous Nassralah’s speeches and plans ‘Wlieyat Al Faqieh’”. It is out there and he cannot deny it!

      When HA opens fire from the UNFL positions using the Lebanese Army as a shield HA is proving to all that the DECISION OF WAR OR PEACE is in his hands disregarding all the round table meetings and all agreements or national dialog!

      The 2006 war against HA which Lebanon and its people paid dearly for put HA on a new path “Survival and escaping judgments”. Furthermore, HA now is the number one suspect in the killing of Harriry! Guilty or not he is threatening the stability in Lebanon not by waging an internal war! Because there is not anyone armed other then the Lebanese Army to fight him! HA is threatening his opponents with the Israeli war machine. Basically saying “you convict me” and I will bomb Israel and have it destroy the Lebanese state!

      HA is threatening us with whom he claims to be his enemy!…..

  • Alaaa

    Fuck isreal…wen eva they r wrong den they ave 2 find a way 2 blame other people..Isreal Shall go 2 hell!!

  • LEBFIRST

    I couldn’t be prouder of our Courageous men and women in the LAF. God be with you always and know we are all extremely proud of you. it is sad that two LAF soldiers were killed. Having said that i’m also greatful and proud of all lebanese that defend lebanons borders from any would be aggressors.

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  • Amine

    I wonder why CNN reporting what Israel want the US to hear, this picture of clear violation of Lebanon soverienty was not shown in America… I wonder why, si it because the Jews control the Media over here ?

    • r

      yes big time

  • Hannan

    You’re all going on and on about who should fight for lebanon. we’re all lebanese if it was Nasralla or the lebanese army, they’re all one. And you wander why we’re always fighting because we “arab” don’t agree on anything. we are not united and we will never as long as we think like that.

  • joey

    i will say well done lebanese army and god save the sole of them 2 soldiers i don;tknow why the israels will install a camra where is the lebanese army what the reson to do so if there where HA fighter there we could say they are trying to monoter there movment but there the lebanese army we all know thats israel and there aggresion in lebanon and let me remind some of the friends in here when israel was bombarding the camps in sabra and west beirut in 82 the did hit a building in the middle of ain al remene and it miles away from the front line just becouse they saw the people watching the jet boming the poor lebanese army is hardley equipte but they always show courages so well done guys and god bless u and bless lebanon

  • To a pretty high degree Isreal controls what we get to know about what happens in that area because they are our ally.

  • Leb-Aussie

    Well said Joey

  • kiro

    So Isreali forces uprooting a tree, possibly even on their own side is an act of aggression that warrants sniper fire? Ridiculous! Actions like these could easily incite Israel to start another war. You have to understand that Israel cannot allow for itself to appear weak in the face of its enemies. Israel has nothing to gain from war, except what they believe is “security”. And what does Lebanon have to gain? The pride of thousands of civilians left dead in a senseless war?

    • Craig the Great

      Installing cameras to spy on us

      No you guys aren’t up to anything

  • VOICE OF TRUTH

    god help lebanon

    1-” the U.N. peacekeeping force confirmed Wednesday that the tree at the center of deadly clashes along the lebanon-israel border was in israeli territory”.

    2- the composition of the 9th brigade in the laf is mostly shia soldiers.

    3- the laf was the one who started the shooting according to most reports.

    was loosing 3 lebanese human lives + many wounded + material damages to stop the uprooting of a side road bush in israel’s territory worth it??????????

    needless to say, the israelis on wednesday, far from being deterred, are continuing their bush trimming job as usual!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Leb-Syrian

      VOICE OF IGNORANCE! NOT VOICE OF TRUTH!

      2- the composition of the 9th brigade in the laf is mostly shia soldiers

      ^THAT ABOVE WAS AN IGNORANT UNNECESSARY COMMENT!

      If you actually read:

      The Lebanese army identified the 2 Lebanese soldiers that were killed during the border clash with Israel as:

      Robert Elias al Ashi , 32 . Born in Hadath, a suburb of Beirut

      Does That sound like a shia name to you?!

      People like you make me sick, you love to discriminate and make everything about religion. You cant just look at human beings as human beings. Who cares if the 9th brigade is muslim or shia or druzi or maronite, They are still Lebanese.

      • Jacob-International Relations

        The problem is not an individual soldier.

        The problem was the low-level comander who may very well be SHIA (Sympthaize more with Iran’s and Syria’s HA) either ideologicaly or he was paid off by Nasralla to order the ambush in order to deflect attention away from him and his clowns who murdered Mr. Rafiq Hariri (rest in Peace).(ASAD MADE THE ORDER).

        Nasralla will do anything to justify their own existence and paycheck….Starting another war is nothing to him…he doesn’t care about Lebanese… To him Lebanese blood must be cheap.

        REMEBER: Just last week Nasralla threatened to create another civil war or a war with Israel if he and his clowns were indicted.

        Does this sound like a guy who cares about Lebanon? I bet he dreams in Farsi.

      • George Haddad N.J.

        LEB-SYRIAN YOU’RE RIGHT ONE OF THE SOLDIERS WAS CHRISTIAN THAT WAS KILLED I MEAN. BUT ALSO ITS THE COMMANDER IN CHARGE WHO ISSUED THE ORDERS AND HE WAS JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS. I DO NOT SUPPORT ISRAEL NO MATTER WHAT. BUT TO ME THERE WERE APPARANTELY COORDINATION BETWEEN THE UN, LAF AND ISRAEL. IF ISRAEL HAVE INFORMED LEBANON ABOUT IT, WHY LEBANON DIDN’T REJECT THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE? AGAIN THIS IS ALL TOO SUSPICIOUS WITH THE BORDER BEING SO QUIET OTHER THAN ROGUE EXTREMISTS GROUPS FIRING INTO ISRAEL. THIS WAS A CALCULATED ACTION ON THE SIDE OF LEBANON TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM THE STL AND BRING SYMPATHY INDIRECTLY HEZBOLLAH. HERE COMES THE SAVIOR NASSRALLAH WHO IS COMING TO THE RESCUE IN CASE THE ARMY NEEDS HIM. ITS RATHER SAD THAT THREE PEOPLE HAD TO DIE AGAIN BECAUSE OF HEZBOLLAH. ISRAEL IS THE AGGRESSOR WHEN IT COMES TO WAR BUT AGAIN AS MUCH I HATE TO SAY THAT BUT ISRAEL BEEN MORE RESTRAINED FROM THEIR SIDE THAN OURS. IN THE END I STILL SUPPORT THE ARMY AND I AM BEHIND IT RIGHT OR WRONG.

      • VOICE OF TRUTH

        to leb syrian from voice of truth w aaraabtak kamen!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        i wonder what percentage of you is lebanese????? 2%% 3%%% at the most????

        why cant people like you start a dialogue in a civilized manner?????????

        you always try to intimidate people to force them into your distorted way of thinking; this is your trade mark, specially when you feel you have lost your case you revert to personal attacks

        to cover your failures.

        1- i know what i said, i said this brigade is MOSTLY NOT ENTIRELY SHIA MEMBERS, i hope you understand english and the nuance here.

        2- you are accusing me of ignorance you bozo?????

        and you are the archtype of ignorance; you did not even bother to reply to the 1st and 3rd point in my post that were not from me but from unifil and news agencies all over the world and why????????? because it is painful for you to face reality and because what you red in my post contradicts your brain washed theories.

        and besides i was sympathizing with the 3 lebanese human beings that were killed for no valid reason during this incident and i was asking myself who provoked this incident if the unifil report was true that the israelis were not on the lebanese side of the border?????????

      • Leb-Syrian

        The percentage of me that is Lebanese is not of your concern, shuu inta khalaftnee w nsitnee? I dont try to intimidate anyone, if anyone is trying to intimidate anyone it is you with your “voice of truth” username. I do understand english and my main point was that you are trying to cause religious strife within the army saying they are shia, blah blah blah. Why cant you keep religion out of it? And Im calling you ignorant because with all the damage that Israel has done to Lebanon you still have the audacity to defend them. Anyway I am free to say what Id like the same way you are free to say what you’d like. So keep spreading your voice of IGNORANCE, and I will continue to “intimidate” people.

  • Danny

    *Actually* UNIFIL now fully confirms that the Israeli soldiers didn’t cross the border and were in fact on Israeli soil.

    In everybody’s book this means Lebanon just declared war over Israel. Is that really something you guys want?

    • Berytus

      But also, you should ask was it really worth it for the Israelis to risk going over the fence to cut the tree, knowing full well that it could cause a massive missunderstanding because no one can tell where the border “really” is?

      I think the Lebanese reaction was rational, despite it being a misunderstanding.

      • VOICE OF TRUTH

        “…no one can tell where the border “really” is?…”

        the blue line not the existing barbed wire fence is according to unifil and the united nations the border delineation between lebanon and israel.

        so in the adeisseh area, the blue line happens to be few dozen of meters north of the current border fence.you can see it clearly on google earth maps.

  • Jacob-International Relations

    Dude,

    “Risk going over fence”??? They go over their fence on their side of the border almost everyday.

    This bush clearing and/or tree uprooting is nothing new.

    Lebanese do the same thing on other side.

    • Leb-Syrian

      how about violating lebanese airspace? do you have an excuse as to why that as well is okay?

      • elias

        LEB-SYRIAN AS FAR AS ISRAEL FLYING OVER LEBANON. FOR GOD’S SAKE YOU HAVE TO ALLOW THE ISRAELIS TO FLY OVER THEIR SPIES SINCE THEY NEED TO REFILL THE SPOTS FOR THE ONES WHO ARE BEING CAUGHT LOL.

    • Leb-Syrian

      JACOB YOU CAN COME HERE AND PREACH DAY IN AND DAY OUT. BUT THE ISRAELI APARTHEID STATE HAS MET A MATCH, HEZBOLLAH. STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR ISRAEL, AS IT COMES IN ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER. DO I WISH FOR PEACE? YES I THINK EVERYONE WISHES FOR PEACE. BUT I DONT SEE THAT HAPPENING ANYTIME SOON WITH ISRAEL. THAT IS JUST WISHFUL THINKING. AND CUT ALL YOUR BULLCRAP ABOUT HOW THE ISRAELIS LOVE THE MARONITES AND THEY GET ALONG SO GREAT, IF THAT IS SO TRUE, YOU WOULDNT BE KILLING THEM, THE SAME WAY ISRAELIS KILL CHRISTIANS IN PALESTINE. FACT IS ISRAELIS LOVE NO ONE BUT THEMSELVES. SO PISS OFF.

      • CATHY

        AYWA YA LEB-SYRIAN!!

  • joey

    everyone wish for peace in lebanon but syria is not thats why they keep arming some groupes in lebanon and making the camps unsafe by bringing all the scam bags and put them there so they can use them whenever does suite them and keep lebanon unsecure on the edge of the cliff and what they say everyone wishing for peace whar peace you talking about assad peace is unique