Lebanon army covering for Hezbollah, Israel claims


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel accused Lebanon’s army of assisting in the cover-up of Hezbollah military activity in the south.

Gabriella Shalev, Israel’s envoy to the United Nations, this week formally complained to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about what appears to have been an explosion of weaponry south of the Litani River.

The explosion, Shalev said in a letter to Ban, was evidence of Hezbollah’s continued violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and the terrorist group.

Moreover, Shalev said, Lebanese army troops — charged with enforcing the resolution — instead prevented U.N. peacekeepers from reaching the site until Hezbollah had cleared the evidence.

"This obstruction of movement must be denounced in very clear and robust terms," Shalev said in her letter, quoted Friday by Ha’aretz.

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