NNA – (Press release)
1. The area of “Wazzani” is one of the most sensitive during the summer season. The UNIFIL Spanish peacekeepers deployed in Lebanon intensified their activity of surveillance and control along the line of separation between Israel and the Lebanon with the arrival of the summer. The area of the “Wazzani” in South Lebanon is one of the most sensitive points under the Spanish Battalion’s area of responsibility.
2. The Wazzani River and its springs is a hot spot area, since the “blue line” that separates both countries passes right through the riverbed for approximately 4 kilometers. Also in the area, there are 5 tourist facilities along the blue line that causes numerous incidents during the summer months that frequently cause violations of the Blue Line.
3. Spanish soldiers intensifies the activity of observation and patrols in the area to avoid a reckless action of crossing to the riverbank that can lead to an escalation of tension between both parts.
4. UNIFIL takes seriously any violation of the Blue Line or of resolution 1701. Whenever there is an incident across the Blue Line, UNIFIL immediately deploys additional troops to that location to ensure that, the situation is contained and does not spiral out of control. At the same time, it liaises with the LAF and the IDF, to reverse and bring an end to the situation without any escalation.