Palestinians Fire Overhead, Scaring U.N. Verifiers Off Bekaa Base

Palestinian guerrillas left behind after Syria's military evacuation of Lebanon fired in the air Wednesday to prevent U.N. verifiers from inspecting a base of Ahmed Jibreel's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command in the Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border.

No one was hurt in the encounter at the base of the PFLP-GC base at Qosaya. When U.N. inspectors accompanied by Lebanese officers tried to approach the base in clearly marked U.N. vehicles, Palestinian guards blocked the road, saying entry was forbidden. A security official said the verifiers turned back and as they were leaving gunmen fired automatic rifles in the air.

It was the first incident of violence since the international verifiers began their mission in the Bekaa on Tuesday. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said he was concerned about the continued presence of armed militiamen in some bases and in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

The verifiers inspected three former Syrian bases and an intelligence center elsewhere in the Bekaa on Tuesday, accompanied by Lebanese military policemen. They were equipped with maps and video cameras when they made their first inspection in Baalbek.

The team, headed by Brig. Gen. Elhadji Mouhamadou Kandji of Senegal, then drove back to Zahleh, saying they would resume inspection Wednesday.

Kandji was quoted by the Agence France Presse as saying he was "satisfied" with the Baalbek inspection, adding his team has so far "encountered no Syrian soldier."(AP-Naharnet)


At Thursday, May 05, 2005 5:32:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...


Wonder what? I think this sentence clearly sums up your racist/bigoted and fascist anti-Palestinian beliefs. Enough said.

At Thursday, May 05, 2005 6:03:00 AM, Blogger Tempest said...

oh. I'm vehemently anti-Palestinian. You needed this article to figure that out? Foreign militias, living lawless and armed, on Lebanese soil... and people still wonder why the Lebanese can't and won't truly support the palestinian cause...

How's your application process? Any hope you'll be blowing yourself up anytime soon?

At Thursday, May 05, 2005 7:48:00 PM, Blogger End racism said...

I'm vehemently anti-Palestinian.
Yes, I was aware of that. After all, we all know which group you're a member of.

Also, if you don't want me to classify all Maronites as fascists, why are you classifying all Palestinians as 'foreign militias, living lawless and armed'? Talk about hypocrisy.

By the way, why are you whining about Palestinians' weapons and talking about international law and UN resolutions on armed militias, when Lebanon is in violation of international law on the treatment of Palestinian refugees? Yeah, I guess giving them the right to work and pass on property to their children will greatly "upset" the "sectarian balance".

At Thursday, May 05, 2005 8:56:00 PM, Blogger Tempest said...

Hehe... you're like a broken record. Refugees don't carry weapons. Refugees don't live above the law. Rights? To have rights, you must obey the laws of the land... Lebanon has property laws, that are not just directed at palestinians. Although, I wouldn't expect radicals like yourself to know about that.

I'm not in any group, danny boy, I just call things the way I see them. I don't care what you classify maronites or others, it only speaks of your ignorance.

Whining about the Palestinians? Because it's my country, not theirs. My priorities lie with the Lebanese. You don't understand that, because, in your quest to destroy Israel, you're blind about everything else.

At Friday, May 06, 2005 2:50:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...

"Refugees don't live above the law."

Nor below it, as is the case in Lebanon. I don't see why you have a problem with them living above the law when you don't have a problem with them being below the law. As opposed to them being INSIDE the law.

"Lebanon has property laws, that are not just directed at palestinians."

Actually, you're wrong. They ARE directed at Palestinians. In fact, many Saudis and Emiratis are buying land, but Palestinians are unable to inherit their parents' land and property, and the only thing they can do is sell it.

At Friday, May 06, 2005 2:56:00 AM, Blogger Tempest said...

I appologize, you are absolutely right.

A UN team, verifying the complete withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon deserves to be shot at. The Palestinians were right in doing it. They are justified in being heavily armed, and out of control. They are fighting for their land.

At Friday, May 06, 2005 7:32:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...

First of all, they were not "shot at".

Second, stop evading my questions and arguments (same thing you were accusing me of doing).


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