According to reports in the Lebanese media, the Israeli army retaliated on Thursday, July 6, against rockets fired from Lebanese territory, more specifically from Bastara, near Kfarchouba.

In reaction to this information, Hezbollah released a statement on the same day, asserting that the Israelis “recently undertook dangerous maneuvers in the border village of Ghajar, located on the border between Israel and Lebanon and which the United Nations attributes to the country of the Cedars,” without mentioning the rockets.

“The Israelis have built a fence and a concrete wall around the locality, imposing their hegemony over this part of Lebanese territory and making it accessible to tourists from the Hebrew state,” the statement read.

The pro-Iranian party deemed these actions as more than “just a ‘routine’ violation of Lebanese territories, but an occupation of the Ghajar locality by force of arms, thus establishing a fait accompli.”

Hezbollah therefore called on the Lebanese government to “act to prevent any annexation of the Lebanese part on the part of Israel.”

Lebanese Army forces were also deployed in Kfarchouba to investigate possible rocket-launching platforms.

However, in an interview with the Al-Hadath channel, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) stated that no rockets had been fired, suggesting instead that it was probably a mine explosion on the Lebanese Israeli border. For its part, the Israeli army denied on its dedicated radio station that any rockets had been fired from Lebanon.

In this vein, the relevance of Hezbollah’s statement comes into question, as do the repercussions of Israel’s response.