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The Chief of Staff of UNTSO has submitted the following report on development in the Israel-Lebanon sector during the period 24 February to 2 March 1975:
1. Activity in the sector during the period under review remained at a very low level.
2. Israel forces personnel continued to occupy during daylight hours five positions on the Lebanese side of the armistice demarcation line (ADL). The positions near border pillars 11 (AMR 1799-2788), 1/ 18 (AMR 1800-2740), 19 (AMR 1907-2749) and 33 (AMR 2004-2904) were occupied daily, and the position near border pillar 14 (AMR 1838-2734) was occupied on 24 and 25 February and 2 March.
3. There were three cases of firing across the ADL and one crossing violation. OP Hin (AMR 1770-2790), east of the village of Marouahine, reported machine-gun fire on 28 February and Artillery fire on 2 March, both by Israel forces. OP Ras (AMR 1920-2785), south-east of the village of Maroun Er Ras, reported machine-gun fire by Israel forces on 24 February. Naqoura Outstation (AMR 1629-2805), on the coast near the village of Naqoura, reported that an Israel forces naval vessel penetrated Lebanese territorial waters on 25 February.
4. No overflights were reported during the period.
5. The Lebanese authorities submitted 16 complaints during the period under review as follows:
(a) Six complaints ere submitted alleging that Israel forces fire had fallen on Lebanese territory. Two of these complaints were confirmed by United Nations observation, except for damage.
(b) One complaint concerned an Israel forces jet aircraft overflight. The complaint was not confirmed.
(c) Two complaints concerned Israel forces light aircraft overflights. The complaints were not confirmed.
(d) Seven complaints were submitted alleging that Israel forces patrols had daily penetrated Lebanese territory in the region of Chebaa (AMR 2200-3055). Two of these complaints were confirmed by UNTSO mobile patrols. The remaining complaints were not confirmed; the location of the alleged incidents was outside United Nations observation range.
1/ AMR - approximate map reference.