Thursday, February 02, 2006

Lebanese Teenager Killing Threatens Southern Border

The killing of Ibrahim Rahayel, a teenage Lebanese shepard, threatens to escalate tensions along the Lebanese border with Israel. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, had vowed retaliation before Rahil's body was found.
U.N. peacekeepers retrieved the body of Rahayel earlier this morning, a day after he went missing near the Shebaa Farms region during Israeli shooting, security sources said.
This incident came soon after the UN Security Council urged the Lebanese government to do more to assert its authority in the south, to exert control and monopoly over the use of force and to maintain law and order on its entire territory.
Israeli murder of Lebanese civilians along the border and daily infringements on Lebanese sovereignty, including almost daily flights by Israeli warplanes, reinforces Hezbollah's rationale against giving up its weapons of resistance.


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