May 25 in History

2000 – Liberation Day of Lebanon: Israel withdraws its army from Lebanese territory (with the exception of the disputed Shebaa farms zone) 18 years after the invasion of 1982

On this day in 2000, the Israeli army withdrew from territory in Southern Lebanon, marking the end of the South Lebanon conflict (1985–2000). The withdrawal came after the continued attack on Israeli military positions in occupied Lebanese territory by Hezbollah forced Israeli forces to withdraw. It is celebrated as an important day in the history of Lebanon. The United Nations certified that the withdrawal was complete, with troops having left territory demarcated by the Blue Line. Lebanon disputed the completion of withdrawal, claiming that the Blue Line did not match with its international borders in a region between it and Syria called the Shebaa Farms. After the Israeli withdrawal the South Lebanon Army, a militia occupying southern Lebanon, collapsed entirely with Hezbollah rapidly advancing and occupying the territory that Israel had withdrawn from. Right after the Israeli’s had retreated, Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss declared a public holiday on May 25th to commemorate the end of the occupation.


Photo Caption – Hezbollah members and supporters parade following the end of Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon –

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