Lebanon's Hezbollah opens illegal border crossing with Syria: Report

A Hezbollah flag is seen at the northeastern Lebanese border with Syria. (File Photo)

Hezbollah has opened a new illegal border crossing along Lebanon’s eastern border with Syria, a recent report said.

The Iran-backed group has developed the border crossing, previously used to facilitate the entry and exit of its fighters, to be used by civilians as well, according to Asharq al-Awsat.

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The report says that a newly paved road used for the crossing is outside the scope of the watchtowers set up by the British Army and later taken over by the Lebanese army.

The United Kingdom helped install more than 30-foot watchtowers along Lebanon’s border with Syria.

The UK has donated 350 Land Rovers, 4,000 sets of body armor and delivered training to 11,000 Lebanese personnel.

Nevertheless, Hezbollah’s fighters still use nearby roads to get in and out of Syria, the report said.

Local residents were quoted as saying that Hezbollah plans to use the new crossing to bring humanitarian aid to Lebanon’s Bekaa due to the food shortage.

Lebanon is experiencing an unprecedented economic and financial crisis. A shortage of US dollars has made importing products difficult while prices of basic foodstuffs have skyrocketed.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 08 July 2020 KSA 02:19 - GMT 23:19
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