Lebanon Complains to UN over Israeli ‘Violations’
Beirut complained Monday to the United Nations at Israeli "violations" against Lebanon by the shelling of villages, injury to civilians and supersonic bangs in the country's air space.
Lebanese President, Emile Lahoud, relayed the complaints to Rolf Knutsson, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's representative for southern Lebanon, during a meeting at the presidential palace, the national news agency (ANI) said.
"Lebanon protests Israel's shelling of Lebanese villages at the Lebanese borders, the injury of civilians, the violations to Lebanon's airspace and the aggressions against Lebanese and Palestinian civilians by firing on them without warning," said ANI.
The agency quoted Lahoud as saying that "these aggressions constitute a flagrant violation of Lebanese sovereignty and a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 425."
The resolution, voted after Israel's 1978 invasion of Lebanon, stipulated Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon and the end of hostilities. Israel pulled out on May 24 after 22 years of occupation.
Lahoud was referring to violent actions in the last few days at the Lebanese-Israeli borders.
Two Palestinians were killed and 17 others wounded Saturday when Israeli soldiers opened fire at protestors throwing stones and Molotov coktails at the Lebanese borders.
The same day, the Lebanese Shiite Hizbollah kidnapped three Israeli soldiers in a commando operation in the Shabaa Farms, a mountainous region at the Lebanese-Syrian borders occupied by Israel since 1967.
Israel retaliated with air and ground strikes on southern Lebanon, wounding a number of civilians, while its warplanes broke the sound barrier over Beirut and other regions – BEIRUT (AFP)
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