Lebanon calls Israeli attack a declaration of war

27.08.2019, Beirut.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun called Israeli drone strikes a declaration of war, saying that Lebanon has the right to defend itself against aggression, Reuters reports on August 26.

“What happened was similar to a declaration of war which allows us to resort to our right to protect our sovereignty,” said the president’s press service on Twitter quoting Aoun.

Lebanese people want peace, not war, and any efforts to drag us into the war are unacceptable, emphasized the Lebanese President.

On Monday, President Aoun and the UN Special Coordinator Jan Kubis discussed the “Israeli attack.” Michel Aoun told Jan Kubish that the drone attacks in the Dahyeh suburbs and the Bekaa Valley violate UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon.

On Monday, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri met with Lebanon’s interior and defense ministers in order to discuss security issues, reported the government’s press service.

Hariri also intends to meet with the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Two drones were shot down early Sunday morning on August 25 over the southern suburbs of Beirut, controlled by Hezbollah units.

According to the Hezbollah leader’s Sunday speech, in which he made serious threats against Israel, these drone attacks have started a “new phase” of confrontation.

Israel did not take responsibility for the morning attack in Beirut, but Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah called the incident the first Israeli attack on Lebanon since the end of the 2006 war.

Sunday evening, Israeli drones attacked a Palestinian military position in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, just a few hours after the leader of Hezbollah had spoken.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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