US Says "Concerned" Over Rising Tensions On Israel-Lebanon Border

Wednesday, 04 Sep, 2019

With out claiming accountability for the Beirut drone assault, the Israeli navy has revealed what it stated had been particulars about an intensive Iranian-sponsored marketing campaign to supply Hezbollah with the means to provide precision-guided missiles.

In this regard, sources in Al-Mustaqbal party, which is led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the latter kicked off a series of internal and external contacts to contain the situation and to hold Israel responsible for the attack against Lebanese sovereignty.

"This is a victory and pride for us", he said, referring to Hezbollah's attack on Israel.

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria since the civil war began there in 2011 against what it says are Iranian and Hizbollah sites.

After the initial reports of fire from Lebanon, an Israeli military spokesman called on Israelis living within four kilometres of the Lebanese border to remain at home and prepare shelters. An army statement said they shelled 100 targets in Lebanon.

The Iranian official further praised Hezbollah as a genuine, smart and highly popular movement, stating, "Safeguarding the Lebanese people's interests and conforming to what is in their interest is a pivotal policy of Hezbollah in making political and defensive decisions". Hezbollah has denied that claim and said a media office was damaged.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Sunday that Israel was ready for any state of affairs after a cross-border conflict with Lebanon's Hezbollah, however neither facet appeared keen for one more battle.

According to Lebanon's state media, Hariri has urged both the USA and France to mediate between Hezbollah and Israel, and prevent escalation.

Hezbollah has vowed to avenge the deaths of a pair of operatives it says were killed in an Israeli strike in Syria last week.

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US Says "Concerned" Over Rising Tensions On Israel-Lebanon Border

It has pledged to prevent its main enemy Iran from entrenching itself militarily in neighbouring Syria.

United Nations spokesman Andrea Tenenti said later that "calm has returned in the area" and the United Nations peacekeeping force is maintaining its presence on the ground together with the Lebanese army.

Iran and Hezbollah, along with Russian Federation, have backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict.

No one was hurt by the Israeli artillery fire, which lasted about two hours and hit fields near the border village of Maroun el-Ras and the nearby village of Yaroun. Gen. Stefano Del Col.

"If you attack us, your borders, soldiers and settlements - including those on the border and those deep inside (Israel) - will be threatened and targeted", he said.

Washington stands by Israel in the wake of the recent missile attack from Lebanon and entirely supports the Jewish state's right to self-defence, Jason Greenblatt, the USA special representative for worldwide negotiations, said amid soaring tensions between the two Middle Eastern nations.

The flare-up also comes ahead of Israel's September 17 election.

The 33-day war killed 1,200 Lebanese - mostly civilians - and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.