Israel Accuses Lebanon of Allowing Nearly 50 Border Violations
Israel accused Lebanon Thursday of giving "free rein" to nearly 50 cross-border attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians and demanded an immediate end to the violations, reported The Associated Press.
In a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Israel's UN Ambassador, Yehuda Lancry, called on the Lebanese government "at long last" to deploy its army in the area, disarm the militia groups, and "bring peace and security to our common border."
An annex attached to the letter listed 48 incidents between June 28th and July 4th in which stones or objects were hurled across the border from the Lebanese side, said the AP.
Lancry called on the authorities in Beirut to end the violations and abide by UN resolutions.
On June 26th, the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon reported half a dozen Israeli border violations and on July 3rd, it reported a dozen.
Diplomats described the violations as minor, involving Israeli use of roads, installations and equipment now in Lebanese territory, said the agency.
But UN peacekeepers have not yet reported on any Lebanese violations of the temporary border between the two nations, which was drawn by UN cartographers to verify the Israeli withdrawal, added the agency.
Israel is pressing for the Lebanese army to deploy to the south because since the Israeli pullout, Hizbollah fighters have moved into the former occupied zone and taken de facto control.
Lancry said Hizbollah "participated in some of the attacks."
But the Lebanese government wants to be sure there are no more violations of the withdrawal line before giving "a green light" for the deployment of its army, according to the agency - Albawaba.com
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