UNITED NATIONS INTERIM FORCE IN LEBANON
25 July 2006
Heavy exchanges of fire continued along the length of the Blue Line in the
last 24 hours, with a major concentration in the western sector. Hezbollah
fired rockets from various locations, and the IDF continued the shelling and
aerial bombardment. Yesterday and during last night, the IDF moved
significant reinforcements, including a number of tanks, armored personnel
carriers, bulldozers and infantry, to the area of Marun Al Ras inside Lebanese
territory. The IDF advanced from that area north toward Bint Jubayl, and
south towards Yarun. Intensive fighting was reported at the outskirts of both
Bint Jubayl and Yarun this morning. There are a number of civilians who are
still stranded in these two towns and caught in the crossfire.
Four members of the Ghanaian battalion with UNFIIL were lightly injured
yesterday evening, when a tank round from the Israeli side impacted inside
their position south of Rmaich. They were evacuated to the UNIFIL hospital in
Naqoura and their condition is stable. There was also extensive material
damage to the position. There were six other incidents of firing close to UN
positions from the Israeli side during the past 24 hours.
This morning, Hezbollah opened small arms fire at a UNIFIL convoy
consisting of two armored personnel carriers (APC) on the road between
Kunin and Bint Jubayl. There was some damage to the APCs, but no
casualties, and the convoy was obliged to return to Kunin.
All UNIFIL positions in the area of operation remain permanently occupied
and maintained by the troops. A number of positions were re-supplied
yesterday, and some additional re-supply convoys are planned for today. A
French ship arrived to the waters of Naqoura this morning, bringing a critical
supply of water, fuel and food to UNIFIL. The ship will also evacuate a
number of foreign nationals who were extricated from the border areas by
This morning, UNIFIL provided a humanitarian escort for foreign nationals
from the villages of Aitaroun, Ramiyh, Bayit Lif, Haris and Dibil, to Tinbin and
further to Tyre. Similar humanitarian convoys, intended for Yarun, Rmaich
and Ayn Ibil, were unable to reach their destination.
UNIFIL is still facing serious restrictions in its freedom of movement due to
the ongoing hostilities and the extensive destruction of roads and bridges
throughout the area of operation. Yesterday, a UNIFIL engineering
contingent from China managed to do some repairs on a key road artery
between Tyre and Naqoura, and the road is now usable for traffic. However,
more road destruction was reported in various areas in the south.