Israel accuses Lebanon of violating UN Resolution 1701 more than 2,000 times in 2015

Published February 29th, 2016 - 09:33 GMT
Israel's ambassador to the US, Danny Danon, claims Hezbollah is "roaming freely" throughout south Lebanon, while the UN turns a blind eye. (File photo)
Israel's ambassador to the US, Danny Danon, claims Hezbollah is "roaming freely" throughout south Lebanon, while the UN turns a blind eye. (File photo)

Israel’s mission to the United Nations has claimed that Lebanon violated Security Council Resolution 1701 around 2,374 times last year, the Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.

The mission also said in a report it issued on Sunday that there were 589 violations involving the UN-drawn Blue Line border between Israel and Lebanon, and 653 Hezbollah patrols along the border fence.

“Two incidents in which Israel was attacked, including two rockets fired at Nahariya, were also recorded, as well as 51 violent demonstrations against” the Israeli army, it said.

“Hezbollah has free reign in south Lebanon and instead of reacting forcefully to their violations, the UN is ignoring the problem,” the newspaper quoted Israel’s Ambassador to the US Danny Danon as saying.

“Israel will continue to show zero tolerance regarding anyone who attacks us,” he told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “The government of Lebanon is not acting and armed Hezbollah operatives are roaming freely throughout the south Lebanon in violation of the UN.”

The claims come as Lebanon claims that Israel’s fighter jets violate Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis. The Lebanese government says the flights are in clear violation of Resolution 1701 and Lebanese sovereignty.

Several Israeli spy rings and tapping devices have also been found in the south and other areas of Lebanon.

The Israeli army also on several occasions has entered contested territories and has refused to withdraw from the northern part of Ghajar village.

Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the Israel-Lebanon war in 2006, calls on Tel Aviv to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and for no armed presence south of the Litani river except for the Lebanese army and UN peacekeepers.


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