Syrian envoy to UN reportedly says Syrian soldiers did not enter Lebanon

Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said in a letter addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council that “no Syrian soldier entered Lebanese territory,” local newspaper Al-Mustaqbal reported on Friday.

According to the daily, Jaafari said “most of the information about Syria, [as mentioned] in [Ban’s] report on implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1559, was taken from misleading media sources.”

Al-Mustaqbal added that Jaafari said the UN chief “turned a blind eye” to arms smuggling from Lebanon to Syria, as “everyone knows that there are certain parties in Lebanon attempting to destabilize Syria by providing weapons to terrorist groups.”

According to UN estimates, more than 3,000 people have been killed in the crackdown on Syrian protesters who have been demonstrating against the Baath regime since mid-March.

On October 4, Syrian army tanks crossed the Lebanese border near the town of Aarsal and fired several gunshots on Lebanese territory. On October 6, Syrian troops shot and killed a farmer near Aarsal.

-NOW Lebanon

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