Lebanon files U.N. complaint against Israeli border violation

Published August 14th, 2013 - 09:33 GMT
An off-duty Israeli soldier looks across the Israeli-Lebanon border (Shutterstock/Northfoto)
An off-duty Israeli soldier looks across the Israeli-Lebanon border (Shutterstock/Northfoto)

Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour filed last week a complaint through Lebanon's mission to the United Nations against Israel's violation of the Blue Line, the state-run National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

According to the news agency, the complaint came in light of a landmine blast along the northern border with Lebanon that injured four Israeli soldiers.

The complaint considered that the Israeli penetration patrol violates Lebanon's sovereignty, United Nation's Security Council Resolution 1701, the International law and threatens Lebanon's civil peace.

Mansour tasked Lebanon's mission to file the complaint to the U.N. Security Council and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

He also called for filing the complaint before the U.N. General Assembly.

A Lebanese army communique said that the “Israeli infantry army penetrated 400 meters inside Lebanon in the Labbouneh area at 00:24 local time.”

"An explosion took place and the soldiers were wounded, with blood found at the scene. A military committee has opened an investigation in coordination with UNIFIL," the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, it said.

An Israeli military spokesperson said Wednesday that the soldiers were hurt during "overnight activity adjacent to the northern border." It did not say if they were injured in training or in combat, and refused to elaborate further.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said later that “Israel will continue to act responsibly to secure its border.”

The Security Council Resolution 1701 ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbullah.

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