China to increase Lebanon peacekeepers from 200 to 1,000
The announcement came from Chinese PM Wen Jiabao at a joint conference in Beijing with Italian PM Romano Prodi.
debkafile reported exclusively earlier that Hizballah had reneged on its deal for the Lebanese army and the UN force’s missions in South Lebanon. Henceforth its forces will no longer wait for the Lebanese army to go into action against Israel but act independently. This is the first time since the UN-brokered went into effect on July 14 that Hizballah has threatened direct military action against Israel.
This also opens the way for its men to shoot at any Israeli aircraft entering Lebanese skies and any naval craft in Lebanese waters. In a second statement, Hizballah warned Berlin that German troops posted at Lebanese air ports, seaports or Lebanese-Syrian border posts would be legitimate targets for attack. The warning came just hours after the German government approved a 2,400 naval and air contingent for the UN Lebanon force.
The Hizballah threat applied also to all the foreign contingents serving with expanded UNIFIL, thereby limiting their area of operation to the border with Israel.