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21 February 1986
Item 37 of the preliminary list*
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Letter dated 21 February 1986 from the Permanent Representative of Lebanon
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
Further to my previous letters concerning the repeated Israeli raids and acts of aggression in the south and the continued arbitrary and inhumane practices of the Israeli army against Lebanese civilians, and further to my letter dated 18 February 1986, I have the honour, on instructions from my Government, to inform you of the following:
The Israeli and client forces are persisting in their wicked aggression inside Lebanese territory, airspace and territorial waters and have extended the area of their operation from the area referred to by Israel as the "security zone" to points more than 15 kilometres inside the area of deployment of the international forces in Lebanon.
Throughout the past two days, Wednesday, 19 and Thursday, 20 February 1986, Israel has continued, and is continuing today, Friday, 21 February 1986, to bombard and to besiege dozens of Lebanese towns and villages, to detain their inhabitants, both young and old, and to bombard houses and farms with tank artillery, machine-guns end missiles from Cobra helicopters. Israeli gunshots are also taking part in these operations. Dozens of civilians have been killed, although it has not yet been possible to compile exact numbers. The international forces in Lebanon, according to a statement made by their official spokesman, have been able to ascertain that five Lebanese were killed and and two wounded in the town of Haris, that eight other Lebanese were killed in the town of Srifa near the city of Tyre and that large numbers of civilians (over 50) have been detained.
The Lebanese Government, in providing you with this additional information, draws attention to the danger posed by the Israeli military operations, which have continued without interruption for five days, inside Lebanese territory and to the resulting loss of life, destruction, material and economic damage, crisis and threat to the security and peace of the region. There is a need for appropriate reactions, and for a rapid and effective move on the part of the Security Council to put an immediate end to the Israeli operations and practices and to bring about an immediate and full withdrawal from all Lebanese territory up to the internationally recognized boundaries.
I should be grateful if you would arrange for this letter to be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under item 37 of the preliminary list, and of the Security Council.
) Rachid FAKHOURY