Lebanese forces at a Shebaa Farm
Just as a new government is formed in Lebanon, its armed forces took over one of the occupied Sheeba Farms - Bastara Farm- that had been evacuated by Israel in 2000. Israel continues to occupy the rest of the Sheeba Farms which are also claimed by Syria and Lebanon.
Lebanon takes over Bastara Farm
Fri, 11 Jul 2008 18:33:30
The Lebanese army moves into one of the occupied Shebaa Farms evacuated by occupiers during Israel's 2000 pullout from south Lebanon.
Lebanese army vehicles and bulldozers entered Bastara Farm for the first time since it was captured by Israel in 1967 during the Six-Day War.
Lebanese authorities have reconstructed a road to span the new position, which lies some 300 meters (330 yards) away from the rest of farms, to other army posts in the southeast of the country.
The mountainous Shebaa Farms area, rich in water resources, measures 25 square kilometers (10 square miles) and borders southeast Lebanon, southwest Syria and north of Palestine's occupied territories.
A 20-year-old Israeli occupation of south Lebanon came to an end when Tel Aviv withdrew its troops in May 2000.
However, Israel refuses to leave the Shebaa Farms which is claimed by both Lebanon and Syria.
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