Israeli forces began construction work on a road near the southern Lebanese border, the National News Agency reported on Wednesday.
On Wednesday morning, two Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by a heavy deployment of Israeli forces, were spotted clearing the land in preparation for the construction work.
The bulldozers and two Merkava tanks crossed the technical fence of the Meskafaam settlement while Israeli infantry deployed behind cover off the disputed area in the locality of Khallet Mahafer, east of the border village of Adaisseh, Al-Jadeed reported.
The Wednesday move comes two days after Israel issued a warning that it is prepared for “every scenario on the northern front,” warning the Lebanese side “not to test the IDF’s abilities.”
The warning came as a four-member Hezbollah delegation headed to Moscow for a rare 3-day visit that started on Monday.
The delegation, led by MP Mohammad Raad, who is the head of Hezbollah‘s parliamentary bloc, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday and discussed the situation in Lebanon and the Middle East. The details of the meeting have not been made public.