Hezbollah Says Israel Pull out Plan ‘Ploy’

Hezbollah has condemned the alleged Israeli plans to withdraw from parts of the Lebanese territory in order to evade the international legal system.

On Wednesday, Israeli ministers voted in favor of pulling troops out of the northern parts of the Ghajar village on the Lebanese border and placing the area under UN control.

The village fell under Israeli occupation in 1967. The troops left the northern part in 2000, when the UN affirmed Lebanon’s territorial rights over the area. Tel Aviv, however, re-occupied the northern part during its 2006 war on southern Lebanon.

UN resolution 1701, which ended the Israeli offensives, has mandated Tel Aviv to keep out of Lebanon.

On Thursday, Kamel al-Rifai, one of the parliamentarians representing the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah said the Israeli "plan to pull out from Ghajar is to shift attention and elude the international resolution," Lebanese portal Naharnet reported.

"The withdrawal from Ghajar is transfer of Israel’s authority from an occupation force to a mandate," he stressed.

Tel Aviv, meanwhile, has not mentioned when it is to clear out of the northern area.

Reports also say that the Israeli Foreign Ministry has yet to coordinate a date with UN forces patrolling the southern Lebanon.

(Press TV)

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