UN denies IAF fired on German naval force again

October 29, 2006 20:27

The UNIFIL international force in southern Lebanon denied Sunday a German newspaper report that a German vessel which is part of the UNIFIL maritime force came under IAF fire off the coast of Lebanon for the second time this week. "There was no such incident at all," UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Tenenti was referring to a report by the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag which claimed that a German vessel patrolling the coast off Lebanon came under IAF fire late Thursday night. The magazine said this was the second such incident in a week. A Lebanese navy officer told dpa that he contacted the German force and "they totally denied such an incident." "The magazine might have been referring to the earlier two incidents that took place on Tuesday," the officer said. The German Defense Ministry said Friday that IAF warplanes fired shots over an unarmed German vessel backing up the UN mission off the Lebanese coast. The incident was one of two involving the Israeli military and German forces in the region this week, defence spokesman Thomas Raabe told reporters on Friday.

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