The violent behavior of the demonstrators gave away their hostile intentions.

Communicated by the MFA Spokesman’s Bureau

The overhasty statements by UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Michael Williams, as quoted by the wires, are aggravating.
 
Mr. Williams would have been better advised to wait for the results of investigations conducted by UNIFIL and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations before jumping to conclusions and laying the blame on Israel. Mr. Williams was not present on site, and his remarks rely on Lebanon’s announcements.

There is no doubt as to the intention of the demonstrators to pull down the border fence and penetrate Israeli territory. Their violent rioting, that forced the Lebanese army to respond by deterrent fire, proves this point.

Mr. Williams’ unbalanced statement does not reflect realities on the ground and does not contribute to efforts to return to calm.