Lebanese Official: Work to Check Alleged Israeli Border Violations Delayed
A probe into alleged Israeli violations of the border with Lebanon will be completed later than expected, a source on the Lebanese team working with the UN Interim Forces in Lebanon said.
The source said the UN team leader telephoned the chief of the Lebanese experts, Lieutenant Colonel Amin Hoteit, and told him the United Nations would continue working on the Israeli side until Monday.
The work on the Israeli side was supposed to be finished Friday.
On the Lebanese side of the border, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and Lebanese experts wound up their work Thursday to check whether Israel had encroached on any part of Lebanese territory, in order to eliminate any possible violations.
Hoteit said Lebanon would check again after UNIFIL completed its work.
Lebanon says UNIFIL cannot deploy in southern Lebanon unless alleged Israeli encroachments at 17 places are eliminated. Israeli forces withdrew from their south Lebanon "security zone" May 24th - BEIRUT (AFP)
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