UN chief fails to condemn Israel raid on Lebanon

UN chief fails to condemn Israel raid on Lebanon
Sat Aug 24, 2013 08:19:59

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned rocket fire from Lebanon to the occupied territories but has fallen short of criticizing regime’s air strike on Lebanon.

On Friday, Ban only criticized rocket fire from Lebanon that landed in northern part of the occupied territories the day before.

He urged "all concerned to exercise maximum restraint, and cooperate with UNIFIL in order to prevent an escalation," read a statement released by his spokesperson.

Ban said he was "greatly concerned" by the incident, "which is a clear violation of Resolution 1701" passed in 2006.

The UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon is investigating the incident alongside the Lebanese and Israeli armies, and the international body "is committed to continuing to work with the parties to ensure that the calm that has prevailed continues to be sustained," the statement added.

Israeli air force violates Lebanon’s air space almost on a daily basis but the international community refuted to take action on the issue.


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