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Lebanon urges UNSC to halt persisting Israeli violations

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli forces carry a fellow Israeli soldier after an anti-tank missile hit an Israeli military vehicle in an occupied area on the border with Lebanon on January 28, 2015. © AFP

Lebanon has called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to act on deterring Israel from persistently violating the Lebanese sovereignty, insisting that Tel Aviv must be forced to abide by UNSC Resolution 1701. 

The move came Friday in separate letters by Lebanon’s Permanent UN Representative Nawaf Salam in which he detailed the Israeli violations, according to the Beirut-based Daily Star. The letters were addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and current UN Security Council President Dato Ramlan Ibrahim.

According to the letters, during 2014 the Israeli forces violated Lebanon’s airspace 698 times, and its land and sea borders 333 and 38 times, respectively.

Salam further stated that so far this year the Israeli forces have violated the Lebanese airspace 217 times and made 87 land and 44 sea incursions into the nation’s territory. 

The Lebanese UN envoy also reiterated that the continuing Israeli intrusions into its territory represent a blatant violation of Lebanese sovereignty, international law, the UN Charter and UNSC Resolution 1701, which brought an end to the Israeli regime’s massive military invasion of Lebanon in the summer of 2006. 

Additionally, Salam noted that aside from the listed violations, Israeli authorities have also engaged in making a number of serious threats against the Lebanese nation and its government.

During their 2006 military incursion into Lebanon, Israeli forces were fiercely opposed by fighters of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement who killed more than 120 Israeli soldiers, more than what the regime had lost since it came into existence in 1948 by occupying Palestine and annexing a large part of the ancient land as well as territories in neighboring Syria, Egypt and Jordan.


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