Tuesday, August 03, 2010
3-Aug-10: Minutes before the shooting broke out today
The Israelis are the soldiers in the background, on their own side of the fence, working with a mechanical mobile crane to install something (according to some reports, a camera.) The distance between the two forces could hardly be closer.
By the way, how odd do you think it that newsagency photographers AND offiers from UNIFILwere present as the Lebanese took position, aimed, and eventually fired?
The lower image, more or less a counterpart to the first, shows the broader picture. It's captioned: "An Israeli soldier is seen on a crane on the Lebanese side of the Lebanese-Israeli border near Adaisseh village, southern Lebanon August 3, 2010. Israeli artillery shelled the Lebanese village on Tuesday, wounding two people, after Lebanese Army troops fired warning shots at Israeli soldiers along the usually quiet but tense frontier, witnesses said."
The statement says IDF forces returned fire with light arms right away, aiming at the LAF forces. The IDF also used artillery fire, and shortly after that, an Israel Air Force (IAF) helicopter fired at the LAF Battalion Command Center in Al-Taybeh, damaging several LAF armored combat vehicles. It closes with the traditional life-must-go-on formulation: "The Israeli public in the Galilee region to carry on with their routine way of life."
Routine, this surely is not.
There is considerable tension here, given what Israeli intelligence has been saying for months: the Lebanese and the Hizbullah forces are equipped with tens of thousands of missiles and rockets, targeting our cities, towns and homes. We blogged about this two weeks ago - read "20-Jul-10: Protecting the lives of ordinary people... who happen to be Arabs", and please view the video there.
Updated at 4:17 PM