Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lebanon: Hizbullah retaking the south say Israel

IsraelNN.com reportsIsrael has complained to the United Nations that Hizbullah is slowly re-exerting its control in Southern Lebanon by undermining the UN peacekeepers' mandate there.

In a letter written to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the president of the Security Council, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriella Shalev noted recent events in southern Lebanon which reflect the re-arming of Hizbullah and resistance to enforcement of Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

"All of these flagrant violations of resolution 1701 - inter alia, the arms smuggling and the obstruction of movement of UNIFIL forces - must be denounced and addressed in clear and unambiguous terms by the international community. Unfortunately, such obstruction is not an isolated incident and reflects a pattern in which Hizbullah uses various means - including so-called 'civilians' - in order to prevent UNIFIL and the Lebanese Armed Forces from fulfilling their mandate," Shalev wrote.
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