Lebanon filing complaints with U.N. over Israeli policy
Lebanon is filing complaints with the United Nations over Israel’s violation of its sovereignty and a UN Security Council resolution, Press TV reports.
Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil asked the country’s delegation to the UN to lodge three complaints against the Israeli government at the Security Council.
Bassil’s office said in a statement that Lebanon’s permanent mission to the UN had been tasked with filing three complaints with the UN Security Council “with regards to Israel’s blatant violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty and UN Council Resolution 1701,” the Daily Star reported on Saturday.
“Today Israel without a doubt practices violations not only on Palestinians but on all Arab states including Syria and Lebanon. The Israeli violations are ongoing in regards to Lebanon which include violations of water, line and space,” former Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour told Press TV, adding that the Israeli violations pose a threat to his country’s stability and security.
According to Lebanese media reports, Israeli forces crossed the Blue Line in al-Labbouneh border area on May 11 and uprooted trees to have a Lebanese army checkpoint exposed.
On the same day, several Israeli gunboats violated Lebanon’s territorial waters near Ras al-Naqoura and moved existing floating barriers some 20 meters inside the country’s waters.
The Lebanese Daily Star newspaper reported that on May 1, Israeli forces crossed the Blue Line near the village of Houla in southern Lebanon, while on May 9 they tried to kidnap three Lebanese citizens in the village of Shebaa.
Israeli aircrafts violate Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis. Tel Aviv claims the flights serve surveillance purposes. Lebanon’s government says the flights are in clear violation of UN Resolution 1701 and the Lebanese sovereignty.
The UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the war Israel launched on Lebanon in 2006, calls on Tel Aviv to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.