U.N. ‘denied’ access to tunnel on Lebanese side

 Israeli soldiers lift the cover of an Israeli-dug hole into a cross-border tunnel dug from Lebanon into Israel, as seen on the Israeli side of the border, near the town of Metula December 19, 2018 REUTERS/ Ronen Zvulun

The United Nations’ envoy to the Middle East said Tuesday that peacekeepers in Lebanon had not been given access to tunnels stretching into Israel that U.N. officials say violate Security Council Resolution 1701.

Nickolay Mladenov, U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, told the Security Council that UNIFIL has confirmed that two tunnels crossed the U.N.-demarcated Blue Line between Lebanon and Israel, but “has not been granted access to the confirmed entry points of a tunnel near Kfar Kila on the Lebanese side.”