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UN chief warns of 'devastating' Israel-Lebanon war
Published Saturday 03/07/2010 (updated) 05/07/2010 10:19
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Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned of "a resumption of hostilities" between Israel and Lebanon in a report obtained Friday by French newswire AFP.

Ban warned that "Amidst allegations of continued arms transfers to Hizbullah ... a perceptible increase in tension between the parties was recorded," in the 13th report on UN resolution 1701, which gave a mandate to UN peacekeeping forces to operate in southern Lebanon and ensure an end to hostilities following the war.

The Security Council resolution effectively ended Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon, in which more than 1,000 Lebanese civilians were killed.

Allegations of an arms transfers to Hizbullah began in April, when Israeli President Shimon Peres accused Syria of supplying the movement with Scud missiles.

Hizbullah officials neither confirmed nor denied the claim.

In his report, Ban said there was no evidence of the "unauthorized transfer" of arms, but noted that Hizbullah's existing weapons cache violates the resolution.

UN officials unhappy over tension with peacekeepers

An un-named diplomat urged Lebanese authorities to "curb" recent attacks on UN peacekeepers in the country's south, the the daily newspaper An-Nahar reported on Saturday, following a meeting between UNIFIL and Lebanese officials that sought to put an end to tensions.

Quelling concerns, the diplomat told An-Nahar that there was "tension" in the south, but said the "atmosphere wasn't so bad."

Stone throwing and blocked roads greeted UNIFIL troops as they expanded patrols in the Lebanon-Israel border region, amid accusations that the expansion overstepped the mandate provided by the UN.

A columnist for NOW Lebanon quoted the leader of one village where violence erupted as saying, “They wanted to go inside a house – the Lebanese army was not with them – and the people resisted. It was not political; no particular party did this ... It’s outrageous. Even our state police don’t do this!”

Some reports, however, said the resistance was mainly from Hizbullah supporters attempting to guard weapons stores.

UN peacekeeping officials said they had notified the Lebanese army about the patrols, and insisted that they were legitimate.

"We're not saying that there is a major crisis but we believe that there is some kind of deterioration in the atmosphere in south Lebanon," the diplomat added.

UN official, Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams, also spoke out about recent tension and low-level violence and called on the people of southern Lebanon to show full respect of UNIFIL's freedom of movement.

The un-named official used stronger wording, telling the Lebanese newspaper that UNIFIL does not need a permit to carry out its activities in the area, a zone 19 kilometers wide, stretching north from Lebanon's border with Israel.

Both officials reportedly asked the Lebanese army to step-up efforts to protect the UN force, which numbers 15,000, with Williams telling the speaker of the nation's parliament, "UNIFIL's freedom of movement was violated and UN troop-contributing countries are quite concerned. We must insist that the freedom of movement of UNIFIL is fully respected."
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1 ) Maureen / Australia
03/07/2010 10:42
The US President, Barack Obama, signed into law one of his country's biggest aid pledges of the year. It was bound not for Africa or any of the many struggling countries on the World Bank's list. It was a deal for $US2.77 billion ($3 billion) to go to Israel in 2010 and a total of $US30 billion over the next decade. (Sydney Morning Herald 2 January 2010) Has the UN managed to curb Israeli overflights into Lebanon airspace? And what about Israel's nuclear weapons? Not a peep from Ban Ki-moon!

2 ) Robert haymond / Canada/Israel
03/07/2010 11:39
UN has watched as Hezbollah has acquired arms from Iran through Syria. This "army within an army" will be Lebanon's undoing once more because Israel will strike in order to protect its own security. For Israel, it is survival in the Middle-East, a hard, desperate and unyielding region of the globe.

3 ) Ancela Suparno / INDONESIA
03/07/2010 11:51
IF UNITED NATIONS want to be a PEACE KEEPER then OUTCAST US_ASS from ANY UN BODY. TOO EZY, NO?

4 ) Ancela Suparno / INDONESIA
03/07/2010 11:57
IF UNITED NATIONS want to be a PEACE KEEPER then OUTCAST US_ASS from ANY UNITED NATIONS BODY. TOO EZY, NO? SAVE $$$ from ALL USELESS TALKS, GIVE TO THE NEEDY!

5 ) Michael / Daniel 12:1
03/07/2010 14:20
A strike on Iran by Israel is eminent within hours !!!!
Damascus will not be spared. a time of trouble such as there never was since there was a nation is upon us !!!

6 ) Anna Morel / USA
03/07/2010 20:25
If a "devastating Israel-Lebanon war breaks out",
the UN should NOT blame Israel for reacting even more harshly.
If Hamas joins the Hezbollah effort, again
the UN should NOT blame Israel for reacting even more harshly.

Instead the UN should blame themselves & Syria!!

Before war breaks-out, the UN should inform
Lebanon, Syria, and the Arab League, that the
- ARAB STATES WILL GET ALL THE BLAME, &
- ISRAEL WILL GET ALL THE SYMPATHY!!

THIS MIGHT EVEN PREVENT A WAR!

7 ) Arnold / Canada
03/07/2010 20:56
In reply to Maureen's comments. First of all the G8 / G20 have pledged another couple of billion dollars to help Africa...and as usual the money will somehow not get to the people but will remain with the despots ( leaders )running the countries.
Whereas when the World BANK donated billions of dollars to the Far East countries such as Korea, Taiwan, China, and Vietnam, the leaders of these countries used the money to kick start their economies.
All this done starting back in the late 60's

8 ) Terry / Sweden
03/07/2010 21:07
Ironic that Hezbollah was mentioned as a power within Lebanon. Israel is a power within the USA. Jews make up 2 percent of the American population. Extremist Jews who belong to AIPAC are about 100 000. 100 000 people blackmail the American Congress in order to promote policies in favor of an enemy within that do not even have the same values as regular Americans. Talk about hypocrisy. AIPAC and ZOA and all other apartheid supporting organizations need to be registered as foreign agents.

9 ) Terry / Sweden
03/07/2010 21:16
Israel threatens its neighbors on a daily basis with wars. It's indeed a criminal and lunatic state governed by a bunch of war criminals. It pressures the USA to bomb Iran and now it threatens to attack Lebanon over gas resources that don't even belong to Israel. If Israel really thinks its appropriate to bomb Iran, then it is justified to bomb all of Israel.

10 ) William / USA
04/07/2010 06:17
I'd like to see the United States provide Lebanon with exactly the same firepower they give to Israel. Nothing wrong with evening up the odds, in my opinion. It's only fair.

@ Maureen-actually, it's been revealed that Obama has sided w/Arabs in that he requested that Israel sign the nuclear non-prolification treaty along with everyone else. Of course, Israel is crying bloody murder. Too freakin' bad. Everyone knows they have nukes--but Israel, of course, being the Liars they are, denies it.

11 ) Deir Yassin / France
04/07/2010 18:29
Robert Haywood: "the Middle East", a hard, desperat and unyielding region of the globe". Yeah, that's why the Zionists should have created Ashkenazistan somewhere in Central Europe, among their peers.

12 ) Anna Morel / USA
04/07/2010 21:10
Terry,
I can't say which, but it seems that you either you can or will NOT THINK!
It is stupid saying "Israel is a power within the USA", and regarding political influence the whole world knows that Arabs out-number Jews 10:1, and are quite "oil-wealthy".

For your information, Muslims also "peddle influence" on the US Capital Hill.
http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/fac/kfountain/

13 ) Michael / usa
05/07/2010 18:34

RIGHT!
"Israel is a power within the USA", and regarding political influence the whole world"

Jews have got the money to prove their point and not just jewish coins from Roman era.

14 ) Terry / Sweden
05/07/2010 23:19
It is obvious for anybody reasonable that the Jewish lobby in Washington is responsible for USAs Middle East Policy and for the failed negotiations. AIPAC vets every congress member carefully. It is nothing but blackmail and having nothing whatsoever to do with democratic policy making. To try to say that there are strong Palestinian lobbies in the USA equal to AIPAC cannot be taken seriously. Get zealots such as Dennis Ross, Chuck Shumer, Lieberman and other fanatics out of government.

15 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
06/07/2010 02:51
To those that don't know a basic fact

If it weren't for a Jew, Haym Solomon, the Thirteen Colonies wouldn't have been able to buy arms from Europe to use in the American Revolution, the colonies were stone broke

Solomon and other of his Jewish associates collected the necessary funds

Look at the back of the U.S. Dollar bill, see the eagle, directly below is a Jewish Star, in gratitude to Solomon

His story is on the net, read it for yourselves

16 ) michael / usa
06/07/2010 14:48
#15...So Ben is aware and willing to admit that big brother exists

17 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
06/07/2010 18:15
16 ) michael / usa

Without Haym Solomon, there wouldn't have been a United States

What is your problem with digesting that simple fact

I quoted facts, easily confirmed

I am still waiting for you to show the two Ancient Palestinian Coins

What we have here is a problem of credibility, you just don't have any !!!

18 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
07/07/2010 03:15
The Thirteen Colonies never did repay Haym Solomon and his associates,
he died a virtual pauper, proud to have been able to assist his adopted country in a time of need

On the other hand, we have the Muslims that bombed the WTC, killing more than 3,000 innocent souls, you can add the Pentagon & Flight 93 to that while you're at it

I would suggest two things, Solomon's heirs should have his share, plus interest, given to them

Muslim's that blew up the WTC, should get paid in like kind
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