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Lebanon to lodge three complaints against Israel

Ministers Gebran Bassil and Elias Abu Saab arrive to attend a Cabinet session in Baabda, Friday, May 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil Saturday asked Lebanon’s delegation at the U.N. to file three complaints against Israel at the Security Council, regarding violations of the country’s sovereignty and Security Council Resolution 1701.

“Bassil gave instructions to Lebanon's permanent delegation to the U.N. in New York to file an immediate complaint to the Security Council with regards to Israel's blatant violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty and U.N. Council Resolution 1701,” a statement from his office said.

The first violation concerns May 11, when Israel removed cement barriers and uprooted two trees about 10 meters inside Lebanese territory.

The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon decided to launch an investigation to examine allegations of Blue Line violations.

On the same day, the Lebanese Army said several Israeli gunboats violated Lebanon's territorial waters near Ras Naqoura and moved existing floating barriers some 20 meters inside Lebanese waters.

Bassil also asked Lebanon's Ambassador to the U.N. Nawaf Salam to file two additional complaints regarding other Israeli violations. The first was on May 1, near Houla village in south Lebanon, where Israel crossed the Blue Line.

The second violation occurred on May 9, after an Israeli army unit attempted to kidnap three Lebanese citizens in Shebaa, the minister said.

He also asked Salam to follow up on the complaint and inform the ministry of developments.

Speaker Nabih Berri has been a staunch critic of the violations saying Lebanon might suspend its tripartite meetings, which the U.N. chairs with the Israeli and Lebanese armies, because they seem to have grown “ineffective.”





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