A report submitted in May by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Soldiers revealed that the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were forced by local Lebanese residents to delete photos of suspicious-looking underground cables, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz.
On Tuesday, July 2, 2008, Haaretz quoted Ban’s May 28 report as saying that UNIFIL troops had discovered cables under soil in southern Lebanon.
“The incident constitutes the second time in recent months that the work of the peacekeeping force has been restricted because of pressures from local residents - this in strict violation of UN Resolution 1701 which ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War that brought the UNIFIL forces to South Lebanon,” Haaretz said.
The daily said local residents surrounded the UNIFIL troops, who were taking pictures of the cables, and hurled stones at them before photographing the peacekeepers themselves.
UNIFIL consented to delete the photos, although the UN in fact permits the use of cameras by the peacekeeping forces, the daily pointed out.
“The report, the seventh released on the implementation of Resolution 1701, also said that UNIFIL increased the number of its observation posts in the Shebaa Farms area, and called on Israel to accept one of the solutions that has been offered to end its presence in the northern section of the border village of Ghajar,” Haaretz said in reference to Ban’s report.
The Secretary General also emphasized the need for the demarcation of a Lebanese-Israeli border, the daily stated.
On reputed Israeli Air Force violations of the Lebanese skies, Haaretz quoted Ban’s report as saying that in the last several months, Israel had “increased its flyovers, which constitute a violation of UN Resolution 1701.”