Lebanon has recently erected nine watchtowers along its border with Israel. Israel Hayom's Danny Brenner and Lilach Shoval report that northern Israelis are concerned that these towers could be seized by Hezbollah, posing a threat against residents on the border:
Residents of northern Israel have expressed concern over watchtowers they say have appeared on the Israeli-Lebanese border in recent days. The watchtowers are situated inside Lebanese territory, just several dozens meters from the border fence. Locals fear that though the watchtowers were built by the Lebanese military, they could be manned by Hezbollah fighters in future conflicts.
Nine such watchtowers have been spotted thus far, in an area stretching from Rosh Hanikra to Moshav Zarit. According to Israeli defense officials, these are ordinary watchtowers, similar to those along the Israeli-Jordanian border. Residents, however, fear Hezbollah will take over the positions, enabling fighters to observe military forces in Israeli territory or even shoot into Israeli border communities.
"This is a warning sign," Kobi Cohen, a resident of Moshav Zarit, told news website Walla. "There is only one group that could have put up these watchtowers, and that's Hezbollah..."