The recent bombing of a UNIFIL vehicle in Ramileh, near the southern port of Sidon, was potentially part of broader operation which included launching rockets into Israel, Lebanese newspaper Al-Safir reported on Monday. According to the report, sources claim that in the past UNIFIL attacks have always been coupled with rocket-launching operations.
The bombing, which resulted in the death of one Italian soldier, also raises questions about the power vacuum that has plagued the Lebanese political situation for last number of months since Hezbollah members left the ruling coalition in January of this year. According to the report, Hezbollah itself may have been under attack.
The newspaper said that the Lebanese Army, IDF, and UNIFIL officials had met only a few days prior to the attack in an-Naqoura when Israeli army officials said that Islamic groups in the Ein al-Helwa area were planning attacks against international UNIFIL forces as well as against Hezbollah.