BEIRUT, June 9 (Xinhua) -- The spokesperson for the UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Andrea Tenenti on Friday urged Lebanon and Israel to exercise restraint amid the border tensions.
"We urge the parties to use our coordination mechanisms effectively to prevent misunderstandings and violations and contribute to maintaining stability in the region," Tenenti was quoted as saying by the National News Agency.
"UNIFIL peacekeepers are on the ground to ensure the continuation of the cessation of hostilities, establish calm, and help mitigate tensions," he added.
Earlier in the day, the Israeli army attacked with tear gas Lebanese citizens in the border villages of Kfarchouba and al-Arqoub, who were demonstrating against Israel's bulldozing work on their lands, Elnashra news website reported.
The Lebanese army deployed its forces to support the protests while UNIFIL sent reinforcements.