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Lebanon to Complain to UN Over Israeli Airstrikes

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister asks the country’s UN envoy to file a complaint against Israel over two airstrikes that targeted Hezbollah.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/28/2014, 5:46 AM

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Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Jebra Bassil on Thursday asked the country’s envoy to the United Nations to file a complaint against Israel over two airstrikes on the Bekaa town of Janta, reported the Naharnet news website.

"Bassil asked Ambassador Nawaf Salam to hand over the complaint to UN chief Ban Ki-moon,” the state-run National News Agency said.

NNA noted that the UN chief will then submit the complaint to the head of the Security Council and distribute it to member states.

"Lebanon will also preserve its right to call on the UN Security Council to convene when necessary,” the report said.

Bassil condemned the Israeli attack on Lebanon and its violation of UN Security Council resolution 1701, calling on the United Nations to commit to implementing this decision.

President Michel Suleiman had asked Bassil to collect all necessary information to prepare for filing the complaint, according to Naharnet.

Monday night’s airstrikes targeted two trucks carrying missiles and a missile launcher to Hezbollah warehouses from Syria.

The IDF declined to officially comment on the alleged airstrike, but an Israeli security source confirmed to the Reuters news agency that there has been "unusually intense air force activity in the north", referring to Lebanon.

A day later, an unnamed official told Time magazine that Israel was behind the airstrike and said it aimed to prevent delivery of missiles able to carry warheads heavier and more dangerous than almost all of Hezbollah's current massive arsenal.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remained elusive on the topic on Tuesday in a joint news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying, "We are doing everything that is necessary in order to defend the security of Israel."

"We will not say what we're doing or what we're not doing" to maintain Israel's security, he said in reply to a question on the raid.

Hezbollah on Wednesday finally acknowledged the air strike, blaming Israel for it and saying it wreaked damage but left no casualties.

The terror group vowed revenge on Israel at “the appropriate time, place and means,” leading Israel to raise the level of alert along the border with Lebanon.

Some analysts said that Hezbollah might not retaliate for the airstrike by firing rockets on northern Israel, but may carry out a terror attack on Israeli targets abroad, such as the 2012 attack on Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria.