The Hizbullah terrorist party is buying land north of the Litani River, in preparations for a new war against Israel, according to the London Sunday Telegraph. United Nations Interim Forces (UNIFIL) operate south of the river and have no authority to cross the tributary.
Iran is backing the land purchases, the Telegraph reported, and the Lebanese army is ignoring Hizbullah's activities, including intense training by terrorists in the forested areas, several miles north of the Israeli-Lebanese border.
"Christians and Druze are selling land and moving out... There is an extraordinary demo-graphic shift taking place," Edmund Rizk, a Christian MP for the area until 1992, told the Telegraph. Outside the farming village of Chbail, a sign in Arabic reads, "Entry forbidden. Hezbullah area."