Monday, August 09, 2010

The mystery of Adaisseh, Lebanon

Last week's ambush of Israeli soldiers happened outside the village of Adaisseh, Lebanon.

It just so happens that I have seen that village once.

Last December, I went on a blogger's tour of the northern border of Israel sponsored by the IDF. I mentioned then that the Lebanese village we saw just across the border was being observed by the IDF day and night.

And what they didn't observe was more interesting than what they did see.

In a normal town, one would see children, cars, school buses, playgrounds and other indications of family life.

Yet in this village, there was none of that. The vast majority of vehicles in this village were trucks, entering and exiting.

The IDF told us that what we were seeing was, essentially, a giant weapons storehouse pretending to be a Lebanese village.

I hadn't realized until now that the village was Adaisseh (thanks to Israel Matzav for reminding me.)

Is is a coincidence that the place that the Lebanese army decided to attack Israel from was a fake Hezbollah village?

UPDATE: Here is a video of either Adaisseh or a similar Hezbollah village without people:

There was a brief kerfuffle as some UNIFIL troops from Indonedia abandoned their posts as soon as shooting started, and ran away to a nearby village. This was captured on video:

According to a story in an Indonesian newspaper quoting Al Manar, they took a taxi to this town.

It sure doesn't look like they went to Adaisseh, which would be the logical place to go (and was easily within walking distance.) This seems to indicate that the UNIFIL troops know very well what Adaisseh is all about, and they act as impotently as these Indonesian UNIFIL soldiers did.

For those who want to continue to analyze the event, this footage from a different Indonesian source seems to be different from what we had already seen before. Of course, the snipers who shot first were not with the UNIFIL troops or the camera operators.