On 9 August in South Lebanon, a routine patrol of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was attacked by civilians. In the course of the incident, their vehicles were set on fire and their weapons and equipment seized. The event was exceptional: UNIFIL rarely encounters this level of violence from the local population. But there’s more to the story than random civilian violence.
As Lebanon marks the Liberation and Resistance Day, Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel called for entrusting the southern border security to the Army, reiterating that the Lebanese who fled to Israel in 2000 have the right to return home. "South Lebanon is liberated...Let's fortify it and complete the joy," he tweeted.