Army raid in Bekaa 'breaks' ceasefire
Lebanese Defence Minister threatens to halt deployment of troops in former Hizbollah areas Inigo Gilmore in Jerusalem and Jason Burke in Paris
Sunday August 20, 2006The Observer
The ceasefire in Lebanon was holding by a thread last night after Israel sanctioned a commando raid in the east of the country. Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary general, said Israel had violated the truce, and he was 'deeply concerned' about it.
But the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, claimed that the attack was intended to prevent the supply of new weapons and ammunition to Hizbollah.
Meanwhile renewed arguments developed about the composition of the UN peacekeeping force in the south of the country. As the first international troops charged with boosting the UN Interim Force (Unifil) in Lebanon - 50 French soldiers - landed yesterday near Naqoura, three miles from the Israeli border, the Lebanese Defence Minister threatened to halt the deployment of Lebanese national troops into areas previously controlled by Hizbollah.