Lebanon files UN complaint over Israeli bombardment

Ahram Online , Saturday 8 Apr 2023

The Lebanese Foreign Ministry has asked its permanent delegation to the UN to lodge a complaint with the U.N. Security Council, following an Israeli airstrike on regions close to the southern city of Tyre, according to Lebanon news agency

Maaliya village, Lebanon
Italian U.N. peacekeeper soldiers inspect a small bridge that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike, in Maaliya village, south Lebanon, Friday, April 7, 2023. AP


The request has been made by Lebanese foreign minister Abdallah Bou Habib after speaking with acting prime minister Najib Mikati.

The Israeli shelling violated Resolution 1701 of the United Nations Security Council and Lebanon's sovereignty in a "flagrant manner," the Lebanese Foreign Ministry said.

Resolution 1701 put in place the ceasefire that ended Lebanon-Israel war in 2006.

"The stability of Lebanon's southern area has also been referred to as being threatened by the attack," Lebanon’s Minister of Defense Maurice Salim said.

He vowed that the Lebanese army "is prepared to counter any threat or aggression" in refrence to Israel.

He also stressed that “the latest developments in South Lebanon are a direct threat to its stability and security.”

Earlier on Friday, Israel carried out airstrikes and artillery bombardment on the Gaza Strip and Lebanon following rocket attacks in retaliation for Israeli occupation forces assaults against Palestinian worshippers at al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

During a meeting with his Italian counterpart Guido Crosetto, Salim emphasized the Lebanese military's willingness to cooperate with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to preserve calm at the borders in South Lebanon.

UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force tasked with monitoring Israel’s northern border, warned early Friday morning of a possible “serious escalation” after the rare flareup.

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