UN: Israeli Spy Devices Responsible for Lebanon Blasts

Israel Says Explosions Prove Hezbollah Violating Ceasefire

A string of explosions in Lebanese territory near the Israeli border this weekend have been investigated by the United Nations, and found to have been caused by the detonation of spying devices planted by the Israeli military following the 2006 war.

Planting such devices would be a flagrant violation of the resolution 1701 ceasefire agreement which ended the conflict, but while Israel declined to comment on the nature of the devices they said their discovery proved that Hezbollah was actually violating the deal. They also claimed that the UN report was part of a Hezbollah plot to distract attention from their violation.

The devices were reportedly discovered by the Lebanese military, and were detonated, apparently remotely. No one appears to have been injured in the blasts.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Fouad Saniora slammed the devices as a violation of the ceasefire, but they weren’t even the only Israeli violation that day. The UN peacekeepers reported Israeli drones entered Lebanese airspace, and there were reports that the Lebanese military fired on the drones as they overflew a garrison.

Author: Jason Ditz

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