Report: UNIFIL to stop Gaza Strip flotilla
The UNIFIL leadership in New York has reportedly conveyed a letter to Lebanon warning it that its naval unit of the peacekeepers will not be allow any violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1701. Diplomatic sources in New York told the Beirut-based As Safir daily that the leadership vowed to stop any violation of the resolution.
However, the UNIFIL leadership in Naqoura (South Lebanon) did not confirm the report. An official with the peacekeeping mission on israel-Lebanon border said UNIFIL did not receive any complaint from Israel or a warning about the aid flotilla planning to sail to Gaza Strip to break Israel's four-year blockade of the territory.
The official added that the naval unit's mission is limited to helping the Lebanese government in preventing any illegal transport of arms through the sea.