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Lebanon warns Israel against breach of truce

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Lebanon warns Israel against breach of truce


As Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora toured bombed out areas of southern Beirut, his government has been talking tough on the UN- backed truce.

Defence Minister Elias Murr has warned any breach of the agreement on the Lebanese side would be dealt with harshly.

And he had an even more explicit message for the Israelis.

“The Lebanese army this time has a clear order to shoot on any intrusion and if we get in war with Israel, this time war won’t be like they say between Israel and terrorist, this time they will have to fight the Lebanese army,” he said.

Tension is high after the Israelis launched a raid on a Hizbollah stronghold in eastern Lebanon yesteday. The Israelis say the operation was aimed at stopping alleged arms deliveries from Syria and Iran, and so was an act of self-defence allowed under the UN text.

The UN has warned that the truce, in place for almost a week, could easily collapse and Secretary- General Kofi Annan described an Israeli raid as a violation of the agreement.

As more French soldiers leave for Lebanon, Paris has called a meeting of EU leaders to discuss their countries’ contributions to the UN force.

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