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    Israel has re-opened its border to United Nations vehicles from southern Lebanon, following a thirty-six hour ban.

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    SV INTERIOR Security official speaking in English to reporters as he displays contents of suitcase

    GV & CU Gate at border post between Israel and Lebanon being closed by official (4 shots)

    CU Israeli government spokesman issuing statement in English outside knesset

    GV & CU Unifil troops checking vehicles in Lebanon, close to border with Israel (3 shots)

    SV Gun emplacement surrounded by sandbags as soldiers watch search of vehicles (2 shots)

    GV Car pulls away after search completed as United soldiers looks on (2 shots)

    GV Jeep carrying French Unifil troops arrives and soldier speaks into radio transmitter (3 shots)

    GV French troops leave in jeep

    POLICE SPOKESMAN: "....It was discovered by accident after the vehicle in which the colonel of the United Nations had an accident on the way to Jerusalem. He was taken to the police station in (indistinct) and there, a policeman who kept the car, discovered the two suitcases and asked to open them. In the suitcases, were found several pounds of explosives, hand grenades, weapons and so on. It was from here we got an Italian sub-machine gun, marked Berretta, a Russian Kalashnikov, American TNT, gelignite made in Spain--these are gelignite fingers -- seven kilos in all, that's fourteen pounds, and of course hand grenades--American hand grenades, like this one, were found in the car, some of these hand grenades and much ammunition of various kinds, for all kinds of weapons."

    GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN: "Well shall not apply any kind of collective responsibility to the Unifil soldiers in Lebanon, but instructions have been given to check with spacial care all the vehicle entering Israel from the Lebanon."

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    Background: Israel has re-opened its border to United Nations vehicles from southern Lebanon, following a thirty-six hour ban. The decision to close the border was taken shortly after a senior United Nations officer was charged with smuggling arms into Israel for Palestinian guerrillas. A Jerusalem magistrate remanded Nigerian Army Colonel Alfred Gom for fifteen days, while further investigations are carried out. At a news conference in Jerusalem on Sunday (17 June), a police spokesman showed journalists the arms and ammunition which had allegedly been discovered in Colonel Gom's car.

    SYNOPSIS: Israel closed its northern border with Lebanon on Saturday (16 June). On Monday (18 June), it was decided to re-open the border, but a Cabinet spokesman told newsmen in Jerusalem that all vehicles serving with the United Nations would be carefully searched before they were allowed to enter Israeli territory.

    The instructions were carried out to the letter and even high-ranking United Nations officers had their vehicles checked. Israel then lodged a strong protest with United Nations headquarters in New York. The Israelis accused the peacekeeping units of serving as a cover for co-operation with Arab guerrillas.

    The Israelis say the explosives found in the U.N. officer's car could have caused the murder of innocent civilians if guerrillas had used them in operations inside the country. The UNIFIL forces were assigned to southern Lebanon following Israel's invasion of the area fifteen months ago, and relations between the two have always ben cool. Meanwhile, the United Nations says it hopes that "isolated incidents" will not affect its relationship with the people and authorities in Israel.

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