The Lebanese Army has been holding a flag-raising ceremony at Naqoura on its southern border, as it resumes control of the area for the first time in almost 40 years. Israeli forces completed their pullout from the region last night, as part of the United Nations truce which ended a 34-day war between Israel and the Islamic militants, Hezbollah.
However, there is still an Israeli military presence in the cross-border village of Ghajar. The UN has promised some 15,000 troops to help the Lebanese Army confirm its control over the south. But Hezbollah remains a major player here and not only because or its weaponry. While some locals welcome the army’s arrival, others still have more faith in the militants to look out for their future.