Lebanon to lodge complaint at UN over Israel’s retaliatory shelling

Officials distance the government from Hezbollah’s actions, explaining ‘what Hezbollah declares or does only represents itself as a political party, and they do not represent the Lebanese gov’t’.

By Ynetnews


Lebanon will lodge a complaint with the United Nations against Israel over recent IDF border shelling in response to a deadly Hezbollah ambush that killed 2 soldiers, Lebanese paper The Daily Star reported on Friday.

IDF shelling south Lebanon – Photo: Reuters

Two IDF soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded in the Wednesday attack, when Hezbollah launched an anti-tank missile at an IDF convoy traveling near the Israe-Lebanon border. The IDF responded to the attack with heavy artillery fire, which killed a Spanish UNIFIL peacekeeper.

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Information Minister Ramzi Joreige was quick to distance his government’s position from Hezbollah’s actions.

“What Hezbollah declares and acts only represents itself as a political party that has a special status, but it does not represent the Lebanese government, which uses consensus as a decision-making method,” Joreige was quoted as saying in Saudi newspaper Okaz.

“What happened in Shebaa Farms … makes me worried, but not scared,” Joreige was quoted as saying, pointing to the “international umbrella that protects Lebanon from the repercussions of any war.”


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