'Scud reports add to tensions'

UN report says it found no proof of allegations of Hizbullah Scuds.

July 2, 2010 23:11
Scud Missile

Scud Missile311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Israeli accusations that Syria provided Scud missiles to Hizbullah has increased tension in the region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated in a report on Friday quoted by Reuters.

"Such tensions once again illustrate the importance of control by Lebanon over its borders and of the respect by all member states for the prohibition against transferring arms [in violation of Security Council resolution 1701]," said the report.

Ban also wrote that the UN did not find any evidence that could verify the transfer of Scud missiles to Hizbullah.

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The report did state that UNIFIL peacekeepers in Lebanon had experience difficult encounters with Lebanese civilians in the last few months in confrontations that some Western diplomats say were encouraged by Hizbullah.

The incidents were reported to have included the physical assault of a UN peacekeeping patrol searching for automatic weapons and several incidents where locals threw stones at the soldiers.

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