Danon: Time for UNIFL to fulfill its mandate

UN Ambassador responds to UN's rejecting proof that Hezbollah terrorists operate along the border under the cover of an environmental NGO.

Elad Benari,

Danny Danon
Danny Danon
Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/Flash 90

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, on Saturday responded to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) claim that the activities of the “Green Without Borders” do not violate Security Council resolutions.

On Thursday, Danon presented new information to the Security Council revealing that the Hezbollah terrorist group had established a series of outposts along the border with Israel under the guise of the agricultural NGO “Green Without Borders”.

Danon explained how in April a UNIFIL patrol was denied access by a group of locals to an observation post flying the organization's flag. He also presented photographs of the outposts and their locations.

UNIFIL rejected that proof on Friday, saying that “Green Without Borders” members have planted trees in the area, but it "has not observed any unauthorized armed persons at the locations or found any basis to report a violation of resolution 1701".

On Saturday, Danon said, “It is unfortunate that UNIFIL has chosen to turn the other way as Hezbollah continues to operate in the region. This NGO is not protecting the environment, but is conducting reconnaissance activity along our border.”

“It is time for UNIFIL to fulfill its mandate and ensure that UN Security Council resolutions are implanted,” he added.




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