The Israeli army has stepped up its presence along the border with Lebanon deploying armored tanks and setting up fortifications as it intensified airspace violations in the area, the National News Agency reported Thursday.
In “unusual military activity,” the Israeli army deployed Merkava tanks and soldier carriers, among other armored vehicles, along the barb-wired fence separating Shebaa Farms from liberated Lebanese territories, the NNA said.
Israeli tanks were also amassing along a five-kilometer area, stretching from Tallat Sobaih army post to Jabal al-Sheikh observatory. Sporadic gunfire was also heard throughout the day, the NNA reported.
Meanwhile, the Israeli air force carried out several flights over Shebaa Farms, al-Arqoub villages, Hasbaya, Marjayoun, western Bekaa and Iqleem al-Tuffah. Israeli choppers were also spotted over the Farms from 6:00 am till 8:30 am.
On the outskirts of al-Abassiyeh, the Israeli army set up fortifications and barricades as part of a military workshop around al-Dohaira post, off the town of al-Ghajar. Heavy machinery was being used including bulldozers, drills and large cranes. A similar workshop was taking place at Jabal al-Sheikh’s observatory with soldiers setting up military equipment.