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Monday 9 February 2015 - 07:50

UNIFIL operations area in Lebanon stable: Spokesman

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UNIFIL Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano salutes the coffin of Spanish peacekeeper Lance Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo
UNIFIL Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano salutes the coffin of Spanish peacekeeper Lance Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo
“UNIFIL’s rules of engagement come in conformity with the mission’s mandate which was set under Chapter 6 of the UN Charter,” the spokesman of the UNIFIL, Andrea Tenenti, said on Monday, adding that the area is “stable and under control.”
 
Chapter VI of the UN Charter deals with the peaceful resolution of disputes.
 
    UN peacekeepers have consolidated “their presence on the ground and intensified their patrols across their area of operations in coordination with the Lebanese army,” Tenenti added.
 
Lance Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, a Spanish peacekeeper, was killed on February 4 in what is widely believed to have been Israeli artillery fire.
 
“Currently, the situation along the Blue Line is calm,” Tenenti added, in reference to the UN border demarcation between Lebanon and Israeli-occupied territories.
 
“We continue to work to guarantee the full respect of Resolution 1701,” which ended the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, he said. The resolution, which brokered a ceasefire in the war of aggression Israel launched on Lebanon in 2006, calls on Tel Aviv to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
 
Ten days before the death of the Spanish peacekeeper, six Hezbollah members and Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, an Iranian general, lost their lives in an Israeli aerial assault on the Syrian section of the Golan Heights.
 
Hezbollah launched a retaliatory attack on an Israeli military convoy in northern occupied territories on January 28, killing two Israeli soldiers and destroying at least nine Israeli military vehicles.
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