Israel last night (Tuesday May 12) began to withdraw its tanks and paratroopers from Lebanese territory, leaving the lower slopes of Mt Hermon smouldering and a tight security cordon along the border with Lebanon.
SV PAN Smoke rising slope on Mt Hermon (2 shots)
MV TRAVEL SHOTS trucks on road (2 shots)
SV PAN & MV cemetery in Kirjat (5 shots)
SV PAN & SV villagers on tractor look on (4 shots)
CU Border sign - Israeli border
SCU Soldier stopping car
SV Soldiers talking to driver
SV Military vehicle passes border guard CU soldier and border guards on duty (2 shots)
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Background: Israel last night (Tuesday May 12) began to withdraw its tanks and paratroopers from Lebanese territory, leaving the lower slopes of Mt Hermon smouldering and a tight security cordon along the border with Lebanon.
Smoke from the blistered south-western slopes of Mount Hermon has been visible for many miles along Lebanon's border territory as Israeli military forces have withdrawn from yesterday's (Tuesday May 12) massive offensive.
The offensive, Israel's largest since the six-day war, was launched as a reprisal for repeated Arab rocket attacks on Israeli communities in Upper Galilee. In the week previous to the raid, six Israelis were killed.
Recent graves in the cemetery at Kirjat, bearing inscriptions calling for "revenge", have emerged comparatively unscathed after being in the centre of disputed territory.
Villagers in Kirjat are returning to their usual daily tasks while the pall of smoke hangs in the background. Much of it has come from crops set on fire by the shelling.
With the major offensive over, the Israeli guards are still keeping rigid checks on all border movements.