Israel Complains to UN over Hizbullah Arms Shipment

[Reuters] Louis Charbonneau - Israeli UN Ambassador Gabriela Shalev complained to the UN on Thursday about what she said was an Iranian attempt to skirt a UN arms embargo and supply weapons to Hizbullah. Israeli officials said on Wednesday that naval commandos had seized a ship carrying hundreds of tons of Iranian-supplied arms, including rockets, to the Shi'ite Muslim group. "These grave violations constitute a threat to peace and security, as well as non-compliance with international legal obligations," Shalev said in a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "The weapons - concealed, wrapped and declared as civilian cargo in the ship's manifest - were hidden among hundreds of other containers aboard the ship that originated from the Islamic Republic of Iran," Shalev wrote. "Israel...requests the Security Council to take the appropriate action in view of these constant violations and to further investigate this complaint," she said.

2009-11-06 06:00:00

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