Veterans of the Korean DMZ remember “Propaganda Village,” or more accurately, Kijong-dong, easily visible from former US guardposts and patrol locations. The complex, located in the northern part of the DMZ, includes a massive flagpole flying the North Korean standard. According to Wikipedia: “The North Korean government says the village contains a 200-family collective farm, serviced by a child care center, kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, and a hospital. However, the South says the town is an uninhabited village built in the 1950s in a propaganda effort to encourage South Korean defection and to house the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) soldiers manning the network of artillery positions, fortifications and underground marshalling bunkers that surround the border zone.”
Now there are reports of a similar village in Lebanon, just outside Israel and controlled by Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah. It has been suggested that this is a fake village (or at least, section of a village) constructed by Hezbollah right up to the border. “(T)here were no windows on the houses and no sign of life (other than a single car we saw drive through at one point). If and when another conflict breaks out, the supposed village will provide Hezbollah not only with firing positions, but many good photo-ops for a gullible media — look, the Zionist entity drove the people out and blew out all the windows!” Read the story, which includes other fascinating info on Israel’s equivalent of the DMZ, at Legal Insurrection.
PS: It’s been reported that North Korea helped Hezbollah build its network of underground facilities. We wonder if there are tunnel entrances in this Lebanese village. See more about the North Korean-Hezbollah connection here.