UN Warns of War in North

The UN, which generally downplays war scares, warned that charges of Hizbullah’s obtaining advanced weapons have raised tensions that may erupt.

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, | updated: 07:36

Hizbullah under Israeli attack in Lebanon
Hizbullah under Israeli attack in Lebanon
Israel news photo: Flash 90

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned that violence may break out again between Hizbullah and Israel as tensions rise over charges that the terrorist organization has obtained advanced long--range Scud missiles from Syria.

Ban's warning came as the IDF concludes a massive training exercise in the north, where soldiers are preparing for war.

"Amidst allegations of continued arms transfers to Hizbullah... a perceptible increase in tension between the parties was recorded," Ban reportedly wrote in his report, a copy of which was obtained by the French news agency AFP,. The report comes four years after the beginning of the Second Lebanon War, which ended with U.N. ceasefire resolution 1701 that Israel says has not stopped continued stockpiling of arms by Hizbullah.

"This raised the specter of a miscalculation by either party leading to a resumption of hostilities, with potentially devastating consequences for Lebanon and the region.” Ban noted.

The U.N. leader continued to deny there is any evidence of Hizbullah’s smuggling weapons in southern Lebanon despite foreign media and Israeli intelligence reports pointing to Syria’s freely transferring weapons into Lebanon.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said in Beirut Saturday that he does not believe that war is imminent. “I believe that whether it is the other side [Israel] claiming it or some other party, they are exaggerating,” Moussa stated after meeting with Lebanese leaders. He did not refer to the warning by Ban.

One trigger for another war could be the huge natural gas fields that Israeli firms have discovered off Israel’s Mediterranean Coast and which both Lebanon and Hizbullah claim belongs to them.

Replying to Lebanese warnings to Israel not drill in its waters, Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau declared last week that Israel would use force if necessary to defend its rights to develop the fields, which it says are not in Lebanese territory.

The gas fields off the coast the Haifa area are estimated to contain enough natural gas to supply Israel’s needs for more than three decades and allow the Jewish State to export gas, instead of having to import energy.




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