Lebanon: Weapons cache found near border with Israel

Published January 9th, 2009 - 08:37 GMT

The Lebanese army and U.N. peacekeepers located on Friday a weapons cache in southern Lebanon near the border with Israel, a day after rockets were fired on the Jewish state. According to AFP, a rocket launcher and several rockets were found in an area near the deployment of U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon, the army said in a communique.

 

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon issued a similar statement saying that a UNIFIL patrol "operating in coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces found an old weapons cache inside two disused bunkers." The cache contained "approximately 34 Grad-P rockets and some boxes of allied ammunition" and was located in bunkers covered by camouflage nets near the villages of Kfar Shuba and Kfar Hammam close to the border with Israel.

 

"There is no sign of any recent use of the bunkers and the weapons appear to date from the period of the 2006 conflict," UNIFIL said in a statement. UNIFIL commander Major General Claudio Graziano conveyed the weapons would be handed over to the Lebanese army for their disposal.

 

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