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Israel warns Lebanon over Hezbollah actions

Gantz warned that Israel is “prepared in all areas — land, sea, air and cyber,” if attempts by Iran or its allies will continue…reports Asian Lite News

Israel has warned Lebanon that actions by Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based armed group and party, can spark a regional escalation.

“Israel is prepared to act against any threat,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said during a tour at the Lebanese border on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported, citing a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office.

Lapid and Defence Minister Benny Gantz took the tour a day after the Israeli army intercepted what it said was a drone sent by the Iran-backed Hezbollah group that crossed into the country from Lebanon.

“We do not seek confrontation but whoever tries to attack our sovereignty or Israeli citizens — will learn very quickly that they have made a serious mistake,” Lapid said.

Gantz warned that Israel is “prepared in all areas — land, sea, air and cyber,” if attempts by Iran or its allies will continue.

“We see the crisis in Lebanon, which is hurting its citizens,” he said. “Lebanon and its leaders know very well that if they choose the path of confrontation — they will be hurt and get burned severely. If they choose the path of stability — they will be helping the Lebanese people,” he said.

Hezbollah has sporadically sent drones into Israeli airspace, defining them as reconnaissance missions.

Hezbollah earlier said it launched three unarmed drones on July 2 on a reconnaissance mission toward the Karish gas field in Eastern Mediterranean, which were all downed by the IDF.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday on an occasion to mark the 2006 Lebanon-Israel war that his party will take the necessary military measures to prevent Israel from infringing on Lebanon’s rights.

Recently, Lebanese President Michel Aoun urged the US to activate its mediation in the indirect border demarcation negotiations between Lebanon and Israel.

“It is not acceptable to delay the process of demarcating the southern maritime borders,” Aoun was quoted as saying in a statement on Monday released by Lebanon’s Presidency.

He stressed the need to activate the American mediation carried out by US Energy Envoy, Amos Hochstein to reach a quick conclusion, which he believed would “enable Lebanon to benefit from oil and gas in its water while maintaining stability on its borders”.

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