Blame it on Lebanon

Israeli soldiers appear to cut down a tree on the Lebanese side of the border in Aadaiseh, an event that sparked deadly clashes on August 3. (AP/Ronith Daher, via msnbc.com)

Israeli soldiers appear to cut down a tree on the Lebanese side of the border in Aadaiseh, an event that sparked deadly clashes on August 3. (AP/Ronith Daher, via msnbc.com)

The document has not been made public yet, but according to Israel’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Haim Waxman, UNIFIL’s report says Lebanon is to blame for the deadly clash that broke out in Aadaiseh along the southern border on August 3.

A preliminary UN report already blamed the Lebanese army for the incident, but Waxman quotes the final report saying, “The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) opening fire, which triggered the exchange, constitutes a serious violation of [UN Security Council] Resolution 1701 and a flagrant breach of the cessation of hostilities.”

Perhaps it is no surprise that the blame went to Lebanon. AFP reported that the UN Security Council showed its anger by saying it “deplores strongly the recent incidents involving UNIFIL peacekeepers.”

You may remember back in late June and early July when residents in South Lebanon launched aggressive protests against UNIFIL peacekeeping forces, injuring soldiers and briefly disarming a unit.

UNIFIL renewed its mission in Lebanon for another year on Monday.

It also condemned the recent defacement of UNIFIL posters and monuments commemorating fallen peacekeepers by residents in South Lebanon.

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