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International NGO demands Syria cease-firing into Lebanese territory PDF Print E-mail
Written by W. Thomas Smith Jr.   
Sunday, 29 May 2011

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As the Syrian regime’s crackdown on its civilian population continues, the Syrian army has now reportedly fired across the border into Lebanon deliberately targeting Syrian refugees. And a leading international non-governmental organization (NGO) is demanding the shooting stop.

The International Lebanese Committee for the Implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559 (ILC–UNSCR 1559) has appealed to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to both issue a formal “complaint” to the U.N. Security Council and request the Lebanese army’s immediate deployment to “the Wadi Khaled border [with Syria] with clear directives to protect the Lebanese population and the Lebanese territory.”

The appeal (a letter by the committee’s Sec. Gen. Tom Harb to Hariri, Thursday, May 26) addresses concerns of “several, repeated breaches” of UNSCR 1559 by the Syrian army. “We condemn this,” writes Harb. “And condemn further the silence of the Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali Shami.”

A portion of Harb’s letter reads: “Last week, the Syrian army fired inside Lebanese territory at the border with ‘Wadi Khaled’ resulting in the wounding of one Lebanese soldier and the wounding of three Lebanese citizens, one old man and two ladies. Since then, one lady has died as a result of the severe injuries.”

Harb adds, “Three days ago, on May 23rd, one Syrian army tank drove into the river at the ‘Wadi Khaled’ border at 10 p.m. staying a few centimeters out of  Lebanese territory. The tank fired several rounds into ‘Wadi Khaled’ terrorizing the population and the numerous Syrian refugees present. It is important to note that the Lebanese Army had withdrawn from the border with Syria at the ‘Wadi Khaled’ border three hours before that incident and have not returned since.”

UNSCR 1559 calls on “foreign forces” to be removed from Lebanon, and not to interfere in Lebanon’s internal politics. The resolution also calls on the disbanding of armed militias in Lebanon such as Hizballah, but the Shia terrorist group – supported by both Iran and Syria – continues to exist and operate with impunity.

There is talk in some circles that the Security Council “will try to introduce a new resolution against Syria which would be tied to UNSCR 1559.”

Syria has no qualms about firing into neighboring countries. Fact is, this writer actually witnessed Syrian troops firing across the Syrian border into Iraq (in the direction of U.S. forces) in 2007. Though the world turned a blind eye.

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