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Lebanon: IDF provocations at sea

Lebanese fishermen fired on by Israeli patrol boat

Sun Sep 10, 7:51 AM ET

TYRE, Lebanon (AFP) – An Israeli patrol boat fired in the direction of three Lebanese fishing boats overnight, police in the southern Lebanese port of Tyre said, two days after Israel lifted its naval blockade on the country.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese army reported that an Israeli reconnaisance plane overflew Lebanese territory on Saturday night.

No casualties were reported in the incidents offshore the town of Naqura, which is located only some four kilometres (2.5 miles) from the Israeli border, as they all involved fire being directed over the boats.

Khalil Taha, president of the fishermen’s union in Tyre, told AFP Sunday that none of the Lebanese boats had entered Israeli territorial waters, explaining that the maritime border is marked by a line of buoys extending roughly 10 nautical miles from the coast.

The army said an “enemy reconnaissance plane” overflew Abbassiyeh and Ansariyeh”, two villages east of the southern port of Tyre between 8:20 and 10:55 pm (1720-1955 GMT) on Saturday.

On Friday, Israel lifted its eight-week naval blockade of Lebanon, a day after ending an air embargo.

Even before the 34-day war between Israel and the Shiite militant group Hezbollah broke out on July 12, sources in southern Lebanon have said, Israeli patrol boats would enter Lebanese waters and fire threateningly at fishermen or even arrest them.

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This entry was posted on 11 September, 2006 by in Geopolitics, Israel Watch, Lebanon, Middle East, Militarism general, Political Economy, Syria.

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