Question of Palestine home
26 September 1986
Agenda item 37
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Letter dated 26 September 1986 from the Permanent Representative of Lebanon
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
On instructions from my Government, I have the honour to bring to your attention the acts of aggression perpetrated by Israel against areas in Mount Lebanon, South Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley (see annex).
At the same time, Israel is continuing its military build-up along the borders with Lebanon in a move that would constitute a prelude to another invasion.
As you are well aware, these acts of aggression can only contribute to an already explosive situation in South Lebanon, and Israel alone should be held accountable tor the consequences of its actions.
I should be grateful if you would have the text of this letter and its annex circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under agenda item 37, and of the Security Council.
) M. Rachid FAKHOURY
New acts of Israeli aggression against Lebanon
Israeli war-planes bombed the Baalbek area in the Bekaa Valley on Thursday, 25 September 1986. On the same day a number of Israeli war-planes had raided the south-eastern suburbs of the city of Sidon and fired three air-to-around missiles which resulted in the death of one person and injury to two others, according to information provided to date. The Israeli Air Force continued to fly over the city of Sidon, the Mieh Mieh and Ein el-Hilweh camps and other neighbouring areas for some hours after the air raid.
This Israeli raid came 48 hours after the bombing by the Israeli Air Force of the villages of Bisur, Aitat, Shemlan and Maarufiyeh in Mount Lebanon, south-east of the capital, Beirut. At the same time as the bombing, the so-called "South Lebanon Army" used 175 mm artillery to shell a number of villages in the south from the emplacements which have recently been built up in the Ebel es-Saqi Valley, causing a number of civilian deaths and casualties.
In addition to the bombing and shelling, the Israeli Army has for several days been massing large numbers of its troops along the length of the international border. In view of the statements emanating from Israeli civilian and military officials, in which they arrogate to themselves the right to take any measures to defend areas in northern Israel and the area of the "security zone" inside Lebanese territory, as well as to support the so-called South Lebanon Army, thereby pouring scorn on international laws and the Charter and resolutions of the United Nations and the Security Council, it would not be far-fetched to expect that the aim of such action might be to launch a fresh invasion of southern Lebanon.
Lebanon condemns these savage acts of aggression perpetrated by the Israeli armed forces and their agents in the region and warns of the dire consequences for the situation in the south and the ensuing major threats both to the population of all parts of Lebanon and to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. It also draws attention to the casualties, material damage and probable responses on the part of the legitimate Lebanese national resistance, the scale of which it is impossible to predict. It is thus clear that Israel is directly accountable for creating this crisis and for threatening peace and security in the region.