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No Scuds in Lebanon, UNIFIL says

6 May 2010 2:55

The UNIFIL spokesperson has confirmed that the UN peacekeepers have found no Scud missiles in their area of operation in south Lebanon.

There is no proof that Syria transferred Scud missiles to Hezbollah, Neeraj Singh said.

“We have around 12,000 soldiers and three Lebanese army brigades in a small area. We haven’t seen a thing,” UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Commander General Alberto Asarta Cuevas stated in remarks published on Wednesday.

Scud missiles are big and they are very difficult to hide, he told the local daily An Nahar in an interview.

Israel and the United States accused Syria of providing long-range Scud missiles to Lebanon’s Hezbollah in April, but Damascus dismissed the allegations.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to listen to what Washington says, or else it would have to face “consequences.”

Asked about the possibility of a new war, the UNIFIL commander said no one intends to start a war.

In April, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said that he did not believe there would be a war in the region, despite the rising tension.

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