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France Warned Lebanon That Israel Could Attack Hezbollah – Report

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France Warned Lebanon That Israel Could Attack Hezbollah – Report

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France warned Lebanon that Israel could attack precision-guided rockets of Hezbollah, the London-based al-Hayat newspaper reported on April 20 citing Arab diplomatic sources.

“The French- who have so far been content as observers – inserted themselves into the Iranian line tightening around Syria and Lebanon, including Hezbollah, and joined in the escalating tone of American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,” the sources said.

According to the sources, France believes that the Lebanese government should take steps to ensure that precision-guided rocket systems will not have a presence in the country.

Last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to deliver a “crushing blow” to Hezbollah if it uses its precision rockets. Later during a speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, the Israeli PM claimed that Hezbollah had placed three rocket sites near the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

In response to these threats, senior Hezbollah officials stressed that the Lebanese movement will respond to any attack by Israel on Lebanon.

France’s warning appears to be a part of the ongoing US-led pressure on Iran, Hezbollah and Syria. Washington hopes that its pressure will force Teheran and its allies to shift their policies. However, this is not likely to happen.

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