February 2006 Newsletter includes the following items:
1. Lack of security
1. Lack of security
Monitoring situation in Lebanon during the last month RCPL has observed
the following lack of security:
- February 2: A bomb exploded near a Lebanese army barracks in Beirut
early, wounded a soldier, wrecked a car and blew out windows in nearby
- February 3: One soldier was lightly injured after Hizbullah fired at
least 30 mortar shells at IDF outposts on Israel's northern border
position of Roueissat el-Alam. The strike appeared to be in retaliation
for the killing by Israel this week of a Lebanese who went missing along
the border Wednesday. IDF troops responded to the attack with artillery
while army gunships hit Hizbullah targets in southern Lebanon.
- Februry 5: Twenty eight people were wounded when Lebanese
demonstrators set fire to the Danish consulate building in the latest
violent protest over the publication by European newspapers of cartoons
of the Prophet Mohammad. The protesters also attacked property and shops
in the Beirut Christian area of Ashrafiyeh, throwing stones, breaking
windows and overturning cars, an AFP journalist said. Stones were thrown
at St-Maron church as Islamic leaders were seen appealing for calm.
-February 11: A small explosion caused by a dynamite stick planted under
a car wounded a woman in a southern Beirut district.
- February 21: A suspicious plastic bag was discovered to contain seven
rockets near the home of Lebanese parliament member Bahia Hariri, sister
of the late Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri.
RCPL is concerned about the fragile security in Lebanon.
RCPL condemns all terrorist attacks against civilians and army and hopes
the perpetrators are brought to justice.
RCPL re-calls on the Lebanese government to take full and exclusive
control of Lebanese territories, disarm all non-governmental groups, and
deploy its national army to ensure the security of all citizens and
avoid any security destabilizing factor.