Lebanese President: Israeli operation won't endanger calm

President Michel Aoun says Israeli operation to destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels won’t endanger the calm along the border.

Elad Benari,

Michel Aoun
Michel Aoun
Reuters

Lebanon’s President, Michel Aoun, said on Tuesday that Israel’s operation to destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels across the border won’t endanger the calm along the frontier, The Associated Press reports.

Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, said that Lebanon takes the tunnels issue “seriously” and is prepared to “take measures to remove causes of disagreement” after a full report on the situation.

He added that the United States has informed Lebanon that Israel has “no aggressive intentions,” adding that his country too has “no aggressive intentions.”

The IDF launched Operation Northern Shield last week in order to dismantle terrorist tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon into Israeli territory.

On Tuesday, the IDF exposed a third cross-border attack tunnel that crossed the Blue Line from Lebanese territory into Israel.

The attack tunnel is under the IDF's control and does not pose an imminent threat, the army stated.

Aoun’s comments echo those made last week by Lebanon’s prime minister-designate, Saad Hariri, who said that Israel’s operation to destroy Hezbollah terror tunnels should not lead to “any escalation”.

A day after Hariri’s remarks, Lebanon's Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, claimed that Israel’s actions near the border with his country are preparation for a military assault on Lebanon.

Bassil also instructed Lebanon’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Amal Mudallali, to submit a complaint against Israel in this matter.


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