U.N. extends mandate of Lebanon force


(JTA) — The United Nations voted to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping forces in South Lebanon.

The resolution, adopted unanimously on Thursday by the Security Council, is largely a routine matter passed without incident on a yearly basis. But the resolution renewing the mandate of UNIFIL also mentioned a letter from Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon that noted a series of explosions last month and the discovery of a weapons cache in the area, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Israel’s U.N. envoy, Ambassador Gabriela Shalev, told the Council that the situation in the area remains "complex," and that the July explosions "shed light upon a dangerous phenomenon that Israel has been warning about: A terrorist organization, Hezbollah, continues to deploy its assets and operates actively both north and south of the Litani River."

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