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25 February 1985
LETTER DATED 21 FEBRUARY 1985 FROM THE PERMANENT
REPRESENTATIVE OF LEBANON TO THE UNITED NATIONS
ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
Letter dated 25 February 1985 from the Permanent Representative
of Lebanon to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
Further to my letter of 21 February 1985 (
), and on instructions from my Government, I have the honour to transmit to two lists containing information
on the continuing abusive Israeli operations and practices in Southern Lebanon, the western Bekaa and the Rashaya district in the period between 21 and 25 February 1985.
I should be grateful if you would have the text of this communication circulated as a document of the Security Council.
M. Rachid FAKHOURY
Abusive Israeli operations and practices: 21-23 February 1985
- The Israeli forces in the village of Qir'awn. which is still under siege, proceeded to enter the mosque and the church in the village and removed from them loudspeakers and certain other articles.
- Storming of Teir Dibbah and Qanun al-Nahr by large numbers of infantry and motorized units, and assembly of the inhabitants in the public squares for interrogation.
- Israeli forces comb the wadis and plantations situated on the Bidyas - Abbasiyah - Burj Rahal - Deir Qanun al-Nahr - Yanuh road using automatic weapons, thereby paralysing traffic on that road.
- On 20 February 1985, a force from the Israel Defence Forces took up positions in the Sunni quarter of the village of Rum, Jezzin district, and established a wireless relay post close to the relay post belonging to the Lebanese Army and the security forces.
- Siege of Arab Salim for the fourth consecutive day; expulsion of 26 of its inhabitants, murder of 2 villagers, destruction of 8 houses and continuing detention of citizens in garages.
- At Zarariyah: demolition of 3 houses, detention of 5 young men and random firing at citizens.
- A force made up of 600 armoured vehicles, including tanks and armoured personnel carriers and accompanied by bulldozers and 5 helicopters, besieged the villages of Deir Qanun al-Nahr, Burj Rahal, Bidyas, Abbasiyah, Tura, Teir Dibbah and Ma'rakah. The operation resulted in a number of dead and wounded, dozens were detained and houses demolished. The final outcome is not yet known since the siege of the area continues.
- Jib Jannin remains under siege and the Israeli forces have prevented the inhabitants from entering or leaving. They have also prevented movement within the town and have detained Mustafa Muhammad Ajram, Muhammad Ahmad Sharaniq, Ibrahim Sa'id Sharaniq and Khalid Muhammad al-Safir, teachers at the Kfar Dunin school and the intermediate school at Jib Jannin, and have removed them to an undisclosed location.
- Continuation of the siege of Arab Salim and prevention of the International Committee of the Red Cross from entering the village to evacuate the dead and wounded. The occupation forces continue to hold hundreds of citizens in the open air, which has led to the death from exposure of the village
. Bodies remain in the open air because of the continued encirclement, The Israelis have also expelled close to 75 persons from the village.
Raid on the village of Haruf, and random shooting.
- Detention of 29 persons at Teir Dibbah, and destruction of 3 houses and theft of their contents.
- At Yanuh: detention of 3 persons.
- At Bint Jbayl: expulsion of 20 families.
- Detention of citizens from Kfar Rumman and Zawtar.
- At Deir Qanun al-Nahr: destruction of houses, murder and detention.
- At Qanun: detention of citizens.
- Shooting at citizens at the Numayriyah gatehouse, resulting in the death of the person in charge.
Abusive Israeli operations and practices:
The Israeli occupation forces continued their campaigns against the inhabitants of the villages of the south, the
western Bekaa and Rashaya and there appear hereunder the most salient of the particulars available on the operations which have taken place over the past 24 hours:
- Blocking of the Zahrani-Nabatiyah road at the Numayriyah crossing point; besieging of villages; in Nabatiyah firing on various quarters of the town leading to a number of dead and wounded. Husayn Ali al-Susi is known to be among the dead. A number of houses were also set on fire.
- Raid on the village of Zawtar, and detention of citizens who were removed to an undisclosed location. The village remains under siege.
- The village of Arab Salim remains under siege for the sixth consecutive day. Entry to and departure from the village have been prohibited and food and medical supplies have been withheld from it.
- Raid on the village of Bazuriyah by a mechanized military unit, and the destruction of houses. information on the situation in the village is not available.
- Encirclement of, intrusion into and firing on the villages of Tura, Burj Rahal and Bidyas.
- Qabrikha: siege for the fourth consecutive day; continuation of pressure on families to leave their homes; continued acts of aggression against them, resulting in six persons being seriously wounded; the abduction of citizens and their removal to the Khiyam barracks.
- Qir'awn: suffers from a supply crisis because of the continuing siege of the village. Here, an extensive campaign of arrests among citizens and firing on the village school leading to the wounding of two teachers and a student.
- Suhmur: raid on the village, intrusion into dozens of houses and detention of a number of citizens.
- Kamid al-Lawz: remains under siege; detention of seven persons.
- Jib Jannin: 25 citizens remain in detention.
- Zillaya: encirclement of the village, then its seizure.
- Khirbat Ruha: encirclement of the village, followed by a surprise attack and the detention of a number of citizens, among whom is known to be Ghazi Hajir, and their removal to an undisclosed location.
- Deir Mimas: prohibition of movement, assembly of the inhabitants in the public square, their subjection to interrogation, and detention of 10 citizens.
- Reinforced barricades on the Ansar-Duwayr road in the Nabatiyah areal detention of some travellers and theft of their vehicles.
- Sir al-Gharbiyah: a massacre to which seven persons fell victim. More than 1,000 troops entered the town, broke into the houses and assembled the inhabitants in the government school, where they proceeded to make them all kneel down and interrogated them. They arrested 35 citizens and removed them to an undisclosed location. The corpses of seven detainees were subsequently found, their bodies riddled with bullets.
- The encirclement of Tura was lifted after the occupation forces had killed Sami Muhammad Haydar (31 years old), detained four persons, plundered a number of houses and destroyed their contents, wrecked a number of vehicles, demolished the wall of the government school and damaged extensive areas of crops.
- Withdrawal from Burj Rahal after the detention of five persons and their removal to an undisclosed location and the destruction of seven homes and a number of vehicles.
- In Bidyas: 16 citizens detained.
- The occupying Israeli forces held inhabitants of the village of Qusaybah in the Nabatiyah district in an oven, threw smoke grenades at them and then closed the steel door upon them. The Israelis then mounted to the roof of the oven and opened fire in order to terrorize them and prevent them from fleeing. When they thought the inhabitants had expired from suffocation, they left the place. A small opening in the oven nevertheless enabled the people to breathe, and they were accordingly saved and taken to the nearest doctor, from whom they received treatment.
- In Arab Salim, the occupation forces, in front of 400 detainees, proceeded to strike one of the citizens on the head with a large stick until the blood ran out of his ears and he collapsed. The fate of this person, Husayn Na'im Haydar, is not yet known. The International Committee of the Red Cross was not permitted to investigate the incident.
- The Shaqra drinking water station in the Bint Jbayl district is in need of urgent maintenance work if the people are not to die of thirst. The maintenance teams are unable to do their work because of the opposition of the occupation forces, in spite of the attempt of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon to intervene in this humanitarian matter.
- Flour from the Siblin plant can no longer reach the areas of Tyre and Nabatiyah because of the arbitrary measures taken by Israel and the closing of the crossing points. The citizens are suffering from a severe supply crisis. Contacts with the International Committee of the Red Cross on this subject have had no result.