Hezbollah leader calls for trees to be planted on Lebanon's border to make Israelis 'afraid'
Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah has called on Lebanese to plant trees along on the borders with Israel to "scare" the enemy.
"Israel is afraid of the trees on our borders," Nasrallah said in a televised speech this week. "Wherever there is a mountain in Lebanon, wherever there is a border, plant trees."
He added that trees were "a part of the resistance, a part of protecting the country".
Two Lebanese men took the call seriously, and proceeded to plant trees along the southern border.
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Ali Nazer, one of the men, uploaded pictures of the trees on social media, "in plain sight of IDF soldiers".
The two men hold a message reading "the nicest tree on the border just for you Mr Hassan Nasrallah."
Israel filed a complaint with the US Security Council in June, accusing Hezbollah of using an environmental advocacy group to set up observation outposts along the border with Israel.
They accused Hezbollah was using an organisation which plants trees as a front for intelligence collection.
"We will continue to plant green trees along the borders. Let Israel complain to the Security Council," Nasrallah said, adding that they had been complaining to the Security Council for 60 years.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah "#Israeli enemy nowadays is scarred of the green trees which are planted on our border."
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Israel claimed that these 'posts' were in violation of the UN ceasefire which ended the 2006 war with Hezbollah.
Israel's US ambassador wrote in a letter to the secretary general's office, complaining that the international community "cannot continue to turn a blind eye to Hezbollah's flagrant violations" of UN resolutions.
The UN later rejected these allegations.