The United Nations has condemned Israel’s latest raid on Lebanon as a breach of ceasefire agreements.
UN Secretary General Koffi Annan issued a statement expressing deep concern over what he called a security resolution violation.
The declaration followed a meeting between UN officials and Lebanase defence minister Elias al Murr, who warned he might halt Lebanon’s deployment of peacekeeping forces in the south of the country if the United Nations did not clarify its position on the raid in the early hours of Saturday morning.
There are conflicting stories surrounding the air strikes. Israel said they had the legitimate goal of blocking Hizbollah weapon supply routes.
Lebanese security sources said they came after a failed snatch operation targetting Hizbollah leaders.
Meanwhile the first of 200 French reinforcements to the United Nations peace keeping operation arrived in Naquora.
France continues to demand a clearer mandate for the operation before making any further commitments – and the UN remains a long way off its target of recruiting 13 000 peace keepers from the international community.