What We Know About What’s Going On In The Border Village Of Ghajar

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On Sunday, MPs Melhem Khalaf, Najat Saliba, Elias Jradi, and Firas Hamdan went to the village of Ghajar, currently under siege by Israel.

They visited as a demonstration against the mounting tension and possible aggression in the region.

On Thursday, Hezbollah criticized Israel for constructing a concrete wall around Ghajar. They urged the Lebanese state to take action and prevent Israel from consolidating an occupation in Ghajar, a town of roughly 3,000 residents.

They accused Israel of erecting a fence and concrete wall surrounding the entire village.

The so-called Blue Line bisects Ghajar. This division places the northern segment of the town within Lebanon’s borders and the southern half within the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

Ghajar residents have been awarded Israeli citizenship rights, with Israel recently transforming the long-time military zone into a tourist destination.

Hezbollah asserted that Israel has now fully exerted control over the Lebanese, claimed parts of the town, and administered it alongside promoting the town to tourists.

A U.N. envoy, of American nationality, who handles Israel-related matters at the United Nations, plans to visit Lebanon. His visit aims to discuss the escalating situation along Lebanon’s southern border, according to diplomatic insiders.

Upon landing in Beirut, the envoy plans to schedule a meeting with Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. The goal is to present U.N. proposals related to the southern part of Lebanon, as mentioned by the sources to Nidaa al-Watan newspaper in a recent Saturday edition.

The envoy also plans to ask Nasrallah about Hezbollah‘s position if the international organization pressures Israel to retreat from Ghajar, the Kfarshouba Hills, and the Lebanese portion of the Shebaa Farms.

The outcomes of this meeting, if it takes place, and Nasrallah’s response will shape the situation on the Lebanon-Israel border, the sources elaborated.

The sources further added, “Hezbollah‘s construction of two tents in the Blue Line region of the Farms and Israel’s annexation of the Lebanese part of Ghajar were in anticipation of the steps being contemplated to restore stability in the area, which has witnessed tensions that climaxed on Thursday.”

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