UN Force Commander concerned at rising number of Israeli air violations

United Nations Force Commander in Lebanon Major-General Alain Pellegrini, Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

The military leader of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today voiced serious concern over the increasing number of air violations over South Lebanon by Israeli planes, with nine occurring during the past 24 hours.

“It is in the best interest of all the parties on the ground to respect the terms of Security Council Resolution 1701 in letter and spirit,” said Force Commander Major-General Alain Pellegrini, referring to the text which ended the fighting in the area and expanded the UN force there.

UNIFIL said today that almost all of its battalions have reported air violations taking place in their area of operations.

The Force also announced that it is working with the Lebanese Navy to carry out a command amphibious exercise between Beirut and Tyre today and tomorrow. The aim is to explore various courses of action that could be taken if the main supply roads are destroyed due to any security incidents, or if the road between Beirut and Tyre is not available.

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