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IDF Denies Complaint That It Overran Unifil Post in Lebanon

The Israel Defense Force denied Tuesday that it overran a position of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in south Lebanon Monday. Norwegian soldiers manning the observation post lodged a formal protest.

According to IDF sources, two military vehicles were positioned on a hilltop about 200 yards from the post in the course of what it described as a local exercise. They said the Norwegian protest was unwarranted because the position is not marked on the agreed maps as part of the UNIFIL post.

There were no clashes during what UN sources described as a “somewhat bizarre” incident. The Israeli vehicles withdrew when the exercise ended. Senior officers of both sides met to defuse the situation.