UNIFIL, Lebanon find TNT along border

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Lebanese troops and U.N. peacekeepers uncovered several crates of explosives during operations along the southern border with Israel.

The Lebanese military said it uncovered 12 crates loaded with TNT during weekend operations with Spanish forces supporting the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, Israel's Ynetnews reports.


U.N. forces said the crates contained a "significant amount" of explosives that were considered ready to use. Lebanon's An-Nahar newspaper said the explosives were found when UNIFIL forces chased five suspects fleeing the border town of al-Khiam.

Border tensions between Lebanon and Israel intensified during the summer. Israel said it discovered evidence to suggest Hezbollah was stockpiling weapons along the Lebanese border in preparation for war. Lebanon, for its part, complained that Israel was violating its territory on a daily basis.

U.N. Security Council Resolution1701, which helped broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, calls on Hezbollah to disarm while reminding Israel of its obligation to respect Lebanon's sovereignty.

The Israeli news report describes the TNT cache as a sign of increased terrorist activity along the southern Lebanese border. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu earlier this month said the terrorist threat from Lebanon proves Resolution 1701 "does not stand the test of time."

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