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        Security Council
15 March 1988


Letter dated 14 March 1988 from the representative of Lebanon
to the Secretary-General

[Original: Arabic]
[15 March 1988]
Upon instructions from my Government, I have the honour to inform you of a new act of aggression perpetrated by Israel against Lebanese territory. On Saturday, 12 March 1988, at 1440 hours Lebanese time, six aircraft of the Israeli air force attacked the suburb of Sidon for 15 minutes using heavy rockets (750 kilograms). The aircraft bombed 10 inhabited houses situated near the city and the camps of Ein el-Hilweh and Mieh Mieh. The houses were entirely destroyed. Two bodies were extracted from the rubble, and more than a dozen persons required hospitalization.

The Government of Lebanon strongly condemns such criminal aggression which victimizes innocent civilians, and it draws the attention of the international community to Israel's insistence on pursuing its policy of bloody terrorism in defiance of the principles of international law, the Charter of the United Nations and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of neighbouring countries. That policy contributes to the further deterioration of the critical situation in Lebanon in particular and in the Middle East in general.

I should be grateful if you would have this letter circulated as a document of the General Assembly and of the Security Council.
(Signed) Rachid FAKHOURY
Permanent Representative of Lebanon
to the United Nations

*Circulated under the double symbol A/43/2l6-S/19620.

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