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IDF: Travel restrictions south of Litani River remain in place
by Haaretz (reposted)
Monday Aug 14th, 2006 6:35 AM
The Israel Defense Forces said Monday restrictions on the movement of traffic in south Lebanon remain in place "for now," despite a United Nations-brokered cease-fire.
The army said traffic restrictions south of the Litani River had not been lifted, even though thousands of Lebanese refugees reportedly were jamming bombed-out roads to return to their homes. Imposing the restrictions last week, Israel warned it would consider any movement on the roads to be a legitimate Hezbollah target.

The IDF will maintain their air and sea blockade on Lebanon despite the cease-fire, military sources were quoted as saying Monday.

Army Radio, quoting IDF officials, said the blockade will continue until "Beirut formulates an effective mechanism, which will block transfer of weaponry to south Lebanon.

"The air and sea closure will continue until a mechanism is in place to oversee and stop weapons smuggling," another source told Reuters.


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