Syrian and Hezbollah forces are preparing attacks against UN Forces in southern Lebanon in an effort to escalate violence.
ADN Kronos reports:
Meanwhile a sources in the Syrian secret services has told a Kuwaiti newspaper that Damascus is training groups of suicide bombers to strike against the soldiers of the multinational contingent, deployed on a UN mandate in the south of Lebanon near the Israeli border. The accusation was published by Kuwaiti newspaper al-Seyassah whose report said that the Syrian intelligence services were preparing to attack foreign soldiers, with the help of Hezbollah fighters, in a bid to create an escalation of violence in Lebanon.
The manpower is said to comprise Lebanese and Palestinian potential suicide bombers of a group called the “General Command” which is led by Ahmed Jibril and former Lebanese minister Waim Wahab. Training camps are allegedly operating in the Najiha area south of Damascus and Hezbollah militiamen are monitoring the movements of the UNIFIL soldiers on behalf of the Syrian secret services.
The Mehlis Report named Ahmed Jabril, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as party to the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri.
Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr also spoke of the planned attacks on the UNIFIL forces in an interview on Kalam el Nas talk show on LBC television late Thursday.
Naharnet is also reporting this news:
On the possible U.N. attacks, Murr said: “We have information on threats against UNIFIL.”
He was referring to the U.N force monitoring the U.N.-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hizbullah in the buffer zone in southern Lebanon.
Murr said there were reports that “fundamentalist groups” in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh near south Lebanon’s port city of Sidon, were contemplating attacks against the peacekeepers.
“Whether this information is true or not, we have to deal with it very carefully … even if it has zero credibility,” he said. He did not elaborate or give more details on the fundamentalist groups.
Israel and Syria have both warned of an increasing al-Qaida presence in Lebanon, though attacks here have been rare.
Ya Libnan has more on the terror plots.