UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations has called for maximum restraint by all parties after rocket firing on Monday night from southern Lebanon into Israel, UN officials said here Tuesday.|
The appeal came from the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) as the UN Security Council is scheduled to meet behind closed doors here late on Tuesday to discuss the latest development on the ground.
"This is a serious incident in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and is clearly directed at undermining stability in the area," UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas said in a press statement.
No casualties have been reported from either side following the firing of at least one rocket shortly after midnight from the general area of Rumaysh, according to the UNIFIL.
Israeli authorities indicated to UNIFIL that a number of rockets impacted in northern Israel, reports said. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) returned artillery fire directed at the location from where the rocket fire originated.
Resolution 1701 ended the month-long war between Israel and the Lebanon-based Hizbollah in 2006. It also calls for respect for the so-called Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon, the disarming of all militias in Lebanon, and an end to arms smuggling in the area.
"It is imperative to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of this attack and we will spare no efforts to this end working in cooperation with the LAF (Lebanese Armed Forces)," the UNIFIL commander said. "Additional troops have been deployed on the ground and patrols have been intensified across our area of operations to prevent any further incidents."
UNIFIL, in cooperation with the parties, is currently investigating to determine the facts and circumstances of the incident as well as to locate the launching site of the rocket fire, the officials said.
"At the same time, there is a need to act with restraint and the parties have reassured me of their continued commitment to maintain the cessation of hostilities in accordance with Resolution 1701," said the commander.
UNIFIL added that there has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
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