Lebanon files UN complaint against Israel
December 5, 2011 17:45
Officials in Beirut say IDF artillery response to Katyusha rockets was a violation of UNSC Res. 1701 and of international law.
Israeli firefighter and policeman remove Katyusha rocket 311.
(photo credit:REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
filed a complaint in the United Nations against Israel Monday for its
retaliation to Katyusha rockets fired into Israel late last
month, Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star reported.“This is a
serious incident in violation of UN Council Security Resolution 1701 and is
clearly directed at undermining stability in the area,” a UNIFIL statement
response to the four rockets fired from Lebanon, the IDF pounded the
launch sites with artillery shells. The Lebanese report claimed that
only one rocket was fired from Lebanon into Israel and that the IDF
fired six artillery shells.
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The UN complaint alleges that the IDF action was a violation of UNSC Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War, as well as international law.
Immediately following the rocket
attack the IDF filed a complaint with the United Nations Interim Force
in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which launched an investigation into the attack.
The UN force called for restraint from both sides.
An organization associated with al-Qaida
claimed responsibility for firing the rockets.
The IDF said it held the Lebanese government responsible for the
attacks and that it needed to take action to prevent future rocket fire. Home
Front Defense Minister Matan Vilna’i said that “the Lebanese government is
responsible for everything that happens in Lebanon and everything that leaves
Yaakov Lappin and Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.
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