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UNIFIL forces in Lebanon (archive photo)
Photo: AP

UN says Hezbollah weapons cache 'a violation'

Peacekeeping force says existence of ammunition depot in southern Lebanon which exploded Tuesday constitutes 'a serious violation' on Hezbollah's part of 2006 UN ceasefire agreement

The UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon said Wednesday ammunition which had exploded in a southern village was a "serious violation" of the UN-brokered ceasefire that ended the Second Lebanon War in 2006.


Lebanese security officials said a series of explosions Tuesday in an abandoned building near Lebanon's tense border with Israel was caused by a fire in a Hezbollah weapons depot. Hezbollah has not



The blasts caused no casualties but highlighted the long-held suspicion that the Shiite militant group has maintained a military presence in the region near Israel's border despite the deployment of Lebanese troops and UN peacekeepers there under a resolution that bans such unauthorized activity.


A statement by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon said Wednesday that the force commander had updated Lebanese officials on the discovery of the ammunition after the explosions.


Based on the information currently available, UNIFIL considers the incident a "serious violation" of the UN resolution that ended the conflict, which specifies that there should be no presence of unauthorized assets or weapons in the area of operations.


Meanwhile, a military prosecutor in Beirut on Wednesday formally charged and demanded life in prison for a Lebanese car dealer who allegedly passed information about Hezbollah to Israel.


Lebanese authorities have made dozens of arrests in recent months and filed preliminary charges but this has been the first formal indictment since a crackdown began earlier this year against those accused of collaborating with Israel.


The suspect, a car dealer from the southern market town of Nabatiyeh, was accused of providing information about Hezbollah and Lebanese army members and positions, as well as entering Israel and meeting with intelligence officials, said Prosecutor Rashid Mizher.


פרסום ראשון: 07.15.09, 22:24
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