Hizbullah Organizes Border Tour for Reporters on Israel's Defense Measures

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Hizbullah on Thursday organized a tour for reporters along Lebanon's southern border to brief them about the defense measures that Israel has set up in recent months.

The powerful Shiite group, which fought a devastating war with Israel in 2006, brought dozens of journalists on a rare and highly-choreographed trip to the demarcation line between Lebanon and Israel.

"This tour is to show the defensive measures that the enemy is taking," said Hizbullah spokesman Mohammed Afif, on a hilltop along the so-called Blue Line.

“We are here south of the town of Alma al-Shaab, opposite to the blessed Palestinian territories that the Zionist enemies are occupying, and in this meeting we will briefly explain the geographic condition of this holy land and the military deployment and defense measures of the Israeli enemy,” a Hizbullah military commander identified as Haj Ihab, dressed in digital camouflage and sunglasses, told the reporters.

He said the Israeli army was erecting earth berms up to 10 meters high, as well as reinforcing a military position near the Israeli border town of Hanita.

"Because their position is directly by the border and the enemy fears that the resistance will advance on it, they have constructed a cliff and additional earth berms and put up concrete blocks," he said.

“The enemy has recently intensified its barricading efforts and fortifications while deploying monitoring and espionage systems,” the militant added.

“Around a year ago, the enemy built fortifications, sand barricades and massive defense measures to prevent any breach by infantry fighters,” he explained.

The Hizbullah fighter noted that his group has its “special tactics to deal with these structures.”

“We are not discussing what the resistance will do or its plan but rather what the enemy is assuming,” he says.

The Hizbullah militant also noted that Israel's fortifications are “of a defensive nature, in departure from the enemy's previous military strategy which had been based on attack throughout the past decades.”

“This is a proof of the enemy's confusion and its fear of any future war,” the militant added.

As he spoke, an Israeli military patrol of two armored cars and a white bus wended their way along a road behind a fence, as two yellow bulldozers moved earth nearby.

There has been rising speculation about the possibility of a new war between Israel and Hizbullah, more than a decade after their last direct confrontation.

The 34-day conflict in 2006 led to the deaths of 1,200 people in Lebanon, mainly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

Israel's army chief warned recently that in a "future war, there will be a clear address: the state of Lebanon and the terror groups operating in its territory and under its authority."

There have been periodic skirmishes along the U.N.-monitored demarcation line between Israel and Lebanon, longtime adversaries which are technically still at war with each other.

- 'We don't fear war' -

Israel withdrew its forces from southern Lebanon in 2000, after a 22-year occupation that faced armed resistance spearheaded by Hizbullah.

Thursday's tour sought to paint Israel as afraid of a new conflict, while depicting Hizbullah as ready for war despite having committed thousands of its fighters to bolstering Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

Journalists were taken from the southern Lebanese town of Naqoura, with Hizbullah fighters in full military regalia stationed along the route alongside the group's yellow flag -- despite an official ban on any armed paramilitary presence in southern Lebanon.

Faces smeared with black and green camouflage, they stood silently holding guns and RPG launchers.

On the demarcation line, officially patrolled by the Lebanese army and the U.N. peacekeeping force known as UNIFIL, there was little sign of tension.

The scents of wild thyme and yellow gorse mingled in the air, the landscape peaceful beyond the noise produced by the sudden scrum of visitors.

While eager to discuss the measures they say Israel has been taking, Hizbullah officials refused to be drawn on their own preparations for war, beyond insisting on their ability to fight if one comes.

Some analysts believe Hizbullah would be hard-pressed to fight on two fronts, Syria and Israel, but others note the group's combatants have also gained new experience during years of battle in the Syrian conflict.

"We don't talk about what the resistance will do," said Haj Ihab.

"But we do not fear war, we don't hesitate to confront it. We yearn for it and we will confront it if it is imposed on us, and God willing we will win."

Despite the bellicose tone, Afif insisted that Hizbullah believes "the chances of war are remote."

"These defensive measures show that Israel is the one who is afraid of the resistance and it is not the resistance that is afraid."

Comments 39
Thumb galaxy 3 months

and the shias say the army is not controlled by hezbollah;)

52 minutes ago LF chief Geagea: The tour that Hizbullah organized for reporters on Lebanon's southern border was a strategic mistake that gave the impression that there is no official Lebanese army.

Thumb janoubi 3 months

geagea knows and he is sugar coating it : There is no official Lebanese army, period!

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 3 months

lulz @flame_the_roar

roflmaoooooo

Thumb Mystic 3 months

Next time will be far more than 4000 rockets.

Thumb Mystic 3 months

Keep Whining zionist salafi, if my words is enough to make a vermin like you mad and confused, then it is worth it.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 3 months

Mystic I suggest you write a will because next time you won't live to see the day and write another comment.

Missing mohammad_ca 3 months

if the sfawaites like the army so much then they should be under its command.

Thumb Southern...... 3 months

idf member of old saad haddad army, the so-called lubnani.masi7i

although you and your likes would join the fight against Lebanon, you'll be defeated equally, with few idiots like you, nothing would change... take note ya fake lubnani.masi7i

Thumb Mystic 3 months

Well why don't you try and cooperate with the Zionist when they attack Saudi.Wahabi?

Then we can find you later, when the zionists leaves you behind.

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 3 months

roflmaooo @the_roaringflame

Thumb janoubi 3 months

If anyone had or still has any doubt who runs this country and its security/military agencies this should clear it up for you.

Thumb ex-fpm 3 months

@janoubi

Hezbollah holds a full scale military parade in Qusayr, Syria including tanks, heavy artillery, and multiple rocket launchers. Hezbollah transfers thousands of its terrorists in and out of Syria. Hezbollah arrests whomever they want and at will.

All these activities are a clear indication who works for who and who is in charge. yet, they are still looking for the two culprits who blew up BLOM bank.

Thumb Puppet 3 months

I have the utmost respect for Dactor Geagea and his Lebanese Forces for having reservations on the policy statement, for endorsing the 3 No-No's rule, and for asserting the cedar revolution is well and alive.

I have further admiration for the Dactor for saying "The tour that Hizbullah organized for reporters on Lebanon's southern border was a strategic mistake that gave the impression that there is no official Lebanese army."

Thumb s.o.s 3 months

One word, Terrorists!

Thumb barrymore 3 months

this is beyond being called 'Terrorists'; the whole world knows they are criminals and terrorists. This is showing who is in charge in this country.

Thumb s.o.s 3 months

Yes, we already knew this, but the big problem is that it gives Zionist Israel the legitimacy they need to bomb all of Lebanon's infrastructure and also our puppet army which does nothing to stop the Iranian implant militia.

Thumb galaxy 3 months

what gives Israel the legitimacy to bomb all of Lebanon is when your so called president says hezbollah and the army are one and the same.

Thumb barrymore 3 months

and then you have aoun, hariri and the rest of the sell outs tell the world Lebanon is in full compliance with Security Council Resolution 1701 and Bassil calls the UN Special Coordinator Mrs. Kaag to the Foreign Ministry when she reminded this joke of administration that Lebanon should comply with UN Resolutions.

Thumb Southern...... 3 months

bless the resistance that liberated the south and still on guard to prevent any intrusion by the zionist entity....

Thumb ex-fpm 3 months

isn't that supposed to be the LAF duties?

Thumb Mystic 3 months

The Resistance supports the LAF duties, what is wrong with that?
Army and Resistance, that is what Lebanon needs to protect itself.

We do not need Saudis and their Pro Israeli stances here, so stay up in Akkar and mind your own business.

Thumb Southern...... 3 months

it's not a military task but informative about the zone and the status quo of the citizens who live around.

Thumb s.o.s 3 months

Cut the Iranian crap Mystic. We are having an OD with your khomeynism.

Thumb illiterate-Southern 3 months

keep educating and keep us eager to learn from your wealth of information.

Thumb galaxy 3 months

The Hizbullah fighter noted that his group has its “special tactics to deal with these structures.”

but the heretic irani says :

Southern...... 6 minutes ago
it's not a military task but informative about the zone and the status quo of the citizens who live around.

Thumb Southern...... 3 months

ex-
now regarding the role of the army when its comes to fight Israel, without the resistance capabilities, the Lebanese armed forces can not cope with alone, the resistance has gained respect worldwide due to its strength and tactics that faced the zionist enemy humulating it and defeating it.

Thumb Southern...... 3 months

galax*

then it's informative, which means to inform... did you understand now, boy

Thumb Mystic 3 months

Remember, everytime these cowards from Mostaqbal or Rifi taunt Hezbollah for not attacking Israel, and when we are finally at war the Mostaqbal Rifi vermins cries about the "Resistance destroying" Lebanon.

Even though it is their Zionist lovers that loves to destroy Lebanon, and make Lebanon part of Greater Israel.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 3 months

we all saw your Oscar winning tactics of running like cowards in Syria;)

Thumb Mystic 3 months

Well you already won the Oscar for crying like babies, with grown Salafis coughing and gasping for breath and screaming to Abu Trump to come and save you from the "evil Assad and Iran" scream chemical weapons, so his daughter can cry on Social media.

But when Fuaa and Kafraya was bombed, with babies arms and legs laying around, there was no outcry, why?
Because we all know that the Zionist enemies will never get the same sympathy.

Al Qaeda gets Netanyahu's full support and condemns Assad, as if he was Hitler during the "Holocaust".
The Jews controls Hollywood, and they teached the White Helmets how to make good staged scenes.

We all know the oscar winners here, White Helmet salafis.

Thumb justin 3 months

"The Jews controls Hollywood, and they teached the White Helmets how to make good staged scenes."

Mystic, are you really an AUB graduate?

Thumb marcus 3 months

Southern...... 1 hour ago
it's not a military task but informative about the zone and the status quo of the citizens who live around.

and the army is incapable of carrying out this informative tour ya heretic that it had to ask your iranian terrorist party to do it?

Thumb ashtah 3 months

lol @justin

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 3 months

but the resistance is:)

lulz @ roflmaoooo

Thumb Southern...... 3 months

@illiterate and @diversity.masturbator are the same individual, bored at home and has no life... isn't true, bro

Missing peace007 3 months

Lebanon will be decimated in the next war. That's no strategy. Unless the next war brings the end of the Zionist state it'll be a disaster. Just my opinion.

Thumb ashtah 3 months

and there was an uproar when a newspaper (forgot who it was ) called Lebanon a joke of a state?

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 3 months

(((((lulz)))))

Thumb shab 3 months

3 words.......... filthy murdering militia