Israel Files U.N. Complaint against Syria, Lebanon

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's U.N. delegation filed an official complaint with the U.N. Security Council against Syria and Lebanon for Sunday's attempts to breach the border, Army Radio reported on Monday.

"We filed a complaint with the presidency of the Security Council and Secretary-General of the United Nations against Syria and Lebanon, who are responsible for violating our borders, international agreements and U.N. resolutions," an Israeli spokesman told AFP.

"Israel warned the U.N. and the international community that May 15 would be a volatile day, including attempts to engage in provocative forms of violence," he said.

"The Syrian and Lebanese authorities have done nothing to fulfill their responsibilities despite the warnings," the spokesman said.

Earlier on Monday, Lebanon filed its own complaint with the UNSC against Israel's alleged "killing and wounding of civilians rallying in the town of Maroun al-Ras near the Israeli border," Lebanon's state news agency reported.

"Lebanon considered the assault as a hostile act," the complaint read. "Israel violated Lebanese sovereignty and disregarded U.N. resolutions."

"The continued Israeli aggression on Lebanon affirms once again that this enemy cannot live and exist on Palestinian land except by killing, forced migration and endangering the region," Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati said, Reuters reported.

But IDF (Israel Defense Forces) troops at the border clash told a different story.

According to IDF officials, Lebanese Army troops in the vicinity killed most if not all of the 10 casualties.

IDF soldiers on the Israeli side of the border fired in the air or at the protesters' legs to prevent them from crossing the border into Israel, the IDF said.

Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's office issued a statement calling on "all concerned to show restraint from provocations so as to prevent escalation of tensions and ensure civilians are not killed or injured."

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