Israel fires complaint with U.N. over Katyushas

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel filed an official complaint with the United Nations over the firing of Katyusha rockets from Lebanon.

The complaint, submitted Tuesday to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Security Council President Yukio Takasu by Israel’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, demands that the Lebanese government and UNIFIL live up to their commitments in Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 second Lebanon war, and work harder to stop the flow of weapons into southern Lebanon.

The letter said that Israel holds the Lebanese government responsible for rockets fired into northern Israel, and that Israel reserves the right to self-defense.

A Katyusha rocket fired from Lebanon landed next to a house Feb. 21 in northern Israel, injuring three. A second rocket accidentally detonated in Lebanon.

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