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Lebanon to file complaint against Israel at UN

A picture taken from the southern Lebanese village of Meiss al-Jabal on December 9, 2018, shows Israeli soldiers on the Israeli side of the border between the two countries [ALI DIA/AFP/Getty Images]
A picture taken from the southern Lebanese village of Meiss al-Jabal on December 9, 2018, shows Israeli soldiers on the Israeli side of the border between the two countries [ALI DIA/AFP/Getty Images]

Lebanon announced on Thursday that it has decided to file a complaint against Israel to the UN Security Council.

The complaint will refer to Israeli’s military activities in the south of Lebanon, after the Israeli army launched a military campaign along the border last month, Al-Resalah reported. Israel claims its campaign aims to destroy alleged Hezbollah tunnels and build a wall along certain areas of the Blue Line – the UN demarcation imposed to determine the completion of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.

The decision to file a complaint came in the wake of a meeting of the Lebanese High Defence Council, which was attended by the Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and senior military and security officials.

The Lebanese Defence Council said that Israel’s activities along its borders are considered a “clear violation” of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 – which intended to resolve the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War. The Council also stressed that Lebanon would not bargain with “any inch” of its land.

At the same time, the Council reiterated that Lebanon is always ready to resume talks to deescalate the border situation, revealing that it had intensified its international contacts to explain Lebanon’s stance regarding Israeli violations.

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