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8 February 1985
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Letter dated 7 February 1985 from the Permanent Representative of
Qatar to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
In my capacity as Chairman of the Arab Group for the current month, I have the honour to transmit herewith the letter of the Deputy Permanent Observer for the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United Nations, dated 6 February 1985 (see annex), concerning the recent transgressions of the Israeli occupation forces in South Lebanon.
I should be grateful if you would arrange for the circulation of this letter and its annex as a document of the General Assembly, under the item entitled "The situation in the Middle East", and of the Security Council.
) Hamad Abdelaziz AL-KAWARI
Letter dated 6 February 1985 from the Deputy Permanent Observer of the
Palestine Liberation Organization to the United Nations
addressed to the Secretary-General
I am instructed by Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization to bring to your most urgent attention
the following. Yesterday, 5 February 1985, Israeli occupation troops opened fire on Palestinians near the Burl Al-Shamali refugee camp, wounding several Palestinian refugees including women and children. Israeli occupation troops then proceeded to surround the camp, seal it off, cut off the
electricity, and impose a curfew. Shortly thereafter, Israeli occupation troops stormed the camp and carried out mass arrests of Palestinian refugees.
Today, 6 February 1985 at 7:15 a.m. Israeli occupation troops, in an armoured vehicle passing through the Tyre area with an Israeli military convoy, opened fire on civilians, hitting a passenger car and seriously wounding the six Palestinians inside.
The situation in and around the Palestinian refugee camps in south Lebanon is extremely tense, and there is mounting anxiety among the Palestinians that Israel and her mercenaries in the area are on the verge of a new wave of massacres with the aim of liquidating or terrifying into flight, the remaining Palestinian civilian population in the south, and cowing into submission their Lebanese neighbours.
he Palestine Liberation Organization insists that the United Nations do everything in its power to provide all necessary measures to guarantee the safety and security of our people in Lebanon.
) Riyad MANSOUR
Deputy Permanent Observer