Lebanon criticizes Israeli tree-cutting

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February 18, 2010 22:51

 
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Lebanon is urging the United Nations secretary-general and the Security Council to condemn Israel for cutting branches from a tree growing in Lebanese territory.

In letters to Ban Ki-moon and the council circulated Thursday, Lebanon's UN Ambassador Nawaf Salam said an Israeli tractor with a special blade mounted on a hoist reached over a fence on Jan. 7 and cut branches from a tree growing in Lebanese territory. The tree was on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese border town of Kafr Kila-Marjuyun, he said.

The tractor was accompanied by an Israeli military patrol, Salam said. "My government considers the ... act to be a clear violation of my country's sovereignty," he said.

The IDF had no comment.

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