viernes, septiembre 08, 2006

Israel Ends Murderous Blockade

After two months of a cold blooded killing spree, and after being soundly defeated by the Hizbollah fighters, the Zionist government of Israel claims they have ended the air and sea blockade of Lebanon.

Here you have the note:

By HUSSEIN DAKROUB, Associated Press Writer 19 minutes ago

Israel lifted its sea blockade of Lebanon on Friday, ending the country's two months of isolation as the task of preventing the entry of Hezbollah weapons falls to international warships patrolling offshore.

In a further boost to peace efforts, Israel also said it plans to pull the last of its troops out of Lebanon within two weeks.

The sea blockade's end, which came a day after Israel dropped its restrictions on air travel into Lebanon, lifts a barrier that has stifled Lebanon and cost the country tens of millions of dollars as it tries to rebuild from the devastating 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah.

"The blockade has seriously undermined the Lebanese economy and it is high time for it to end so as to allow the people to get back to their business," Maj. Gen. Alain Pellegrini, commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, said.

Even before the formal announcement, a Lebanese cargo ship docked at Beirut's port, carrying industrial raw materials, ceramic tiles and appliances — the first commercial ship to land since the war began July 12.

Lebanon's resumption of control over its sea and skies was the latest boost in implementing the U.N.-brokered cease-fire that began Aug. 14.

The focus now shifts to the complicated process of withdrawing Israeli troops from southern Lebanon and replacing them with 15,000 Lebanese soldiers and a similar number of U.N. peacekeepers who are to maintain a border buffer zone free of Hezbollah weapons.

Israel has been gradually pulling out its soldiers — whose number peaked at 30,000 at the war's end — as international replacements move into place.

It remains to be seen if Israel's move will hold or if it is one more of their many lies and deceptions.

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