Lebanon’s Aoun warns Israel would bear results of any attack

Smoke rises from fires along the border with Israel on the Lebanese side following an exchange of fire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah fighters on September 1, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 06 September 2019

Lebanon’s Aoun warns Israel would bear results of any attack

  • Flare-up at the border between Israel and Iran-backed Hezbollah
  • The long-time enemies had been on alert after two drones crashed in a Beirut suburb that Hezbollah largely dominates

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun warned on Friday that Israel would bear the consequences of any attack, days after a flare-up at the border between Israel and Iran-backed Hezbollah.
The frontier between the two countries has remained calm since Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah traded fire on Sunday.
Israel’s military said it had responded with fire into south Lebanon after anti-tank missiles targeted an army base and vehicles. Hezbollah said its fighters destroyed an Israeli armored vehicle, killing and wounding those inside, though Israel said there were no casualties.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said this week that the episode had ended but had launched a “new phase” in which his Shiite Muslim movement would target Israeli drones that breach Lebanon’s airspace.
The long-time enemies, who last fought a month-long war in 2006, had been on alert after two drones crashed in a Beirut suburb that Hezbollah largely dominates. Nasrallah deemed the Aug. 25 incident an Israeli attack.
Aoun, a political ally of Hezbollah, has likened the crash of the drones, including one that exploded, to a “declaration of war.”
“Any attack on Lebanon’s sovereignty ... will be met with legitimate self-defense which Israel will bear all the consequences of,” Aoun’s office cited him as saying on Friday in a meeting with UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis.


Trump to release Mideast peace plan by Tuesday

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Trump to release Mideast peace plan by Tuesday

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Thursday he intends to release his long-awaited plan for Middle East peace ahead of a Tuesday meeting with Israel’s prime minister.
“Probably we’ll release it a little bit prior to that,” the US leader told reporters traveling with him to Florida on board Air Force One.
“It’s a great plan. It’s a plan that really would work,” he added.
The Palestinians, who were not invited to the White House meeting with Netanyahu, immediately rejected the US move.

 

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