In southern Lebanon, different interpretations of the Security Council resolution, which sent United Nations to the war-shattered area, is causing concern.
In southern Lebanon, different interpretations of the Security Council resolution, which sent United Nations to the war-shattered area, is causing concern. Last week Norwegian UN troops were fired on by Palestinian mortars, and it has become increasingly obvious that the UN forces interpret their role differently to the Palestinian commandos. Commanders of the UN troops see their job as a purely policing role, keeping the two sides apart and preventing them from shouting at each other. The Palestinians, however, were reported to see the UN's job as supervising the withdrawal of Israel's army of occupation from southern Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: On Friday, additional French troops crossed the Kasmieh Bridge, over the Litani river, on their way to Tyre with armoured personnel carriers, several jeeps, two ambulances and about two dozen trucks.
The convoy had been sent to Tyre to reinforce several hundred paratroops already stationed there. According to United Nations sources, on the same day as the reinforcements moved in, "an armed element" tried to approach the barracks. The sources said the French fired, and a gunman was slightly injured.
Keeping the peace in and around the village of El Saqi near the Israeli-Lebanese border, is the responsibility of the Norwegians.
Since being fired on by Palestinian mortars last week, the norwegian forces have been trying to gain the confidence of their Palestinian commando neighbours, but they have been under a lot of pressure.
The Norwegians have come under fire on several occasions and on Friday a soldier was slightly wounded. Also on Friday, reports said that two platoons of Norwegian troops had been forced, under Palestinian pressure, to withdraw from the village of Maoukaba. This, though, was later denied. News of the incident came shortly after the Un announced it had received a timetable for an initial Israeli withdrawal.