Lebanon is prepared to defend itself against Israel’s attacks, which are in violation of the 2006 UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Saturday.
In a televised address, the president said Israel’s attacks in southern Lebanon had once again flouted UNSC Resolution 1701, which calls for full cessation of hostilities and Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
Aoun declared that Lebanon remains willing to abide by the resolution and to resolve all disputes under UN supervision.
“We are committed to defend ourselves, our land, our water, and our authority. We will not compromise on this matter,” he said.
The president’s comments come after Israeli forces bombed the border town of Kafr Shuba on July 27 alleging a “security incident.”
On the same day, Lebanon said it would lodge an official complaint with the UNSC.
The Israeli military claimed it had “thwarted an infiltration attempt by Hezbollah” in the Jabal Ros area.
Hezbollah, however, denied the claim, saying: “There was no clash or shooting on our part in the events that took place today on the southern border in Lebanon, but rather it was only one party which was the fearful, anxious, and tense enemy.”
Hezbollah has vowed to retaliate for the killing of one of its members by an Israeli airstrike in Syria’s capital Damascus last week.
Israel has substantially increased the number of troops along its northern borders in anticipation of retaliatory attacks by Hezbollah. LINK
Meanwhile, on Friday the US House of Representatives passed an aid package to Israel valued at $500 million designated primarily for assistance to Israel in missile defence.
The financial aid will mostly go towards the Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow missile defence systems.
“$500,000,000 shall be for the Israeli Cooperative Programs…for the procurement of the Iron Dome defense system to counter short-range rocket threats…for the Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense (SRBMD) program… for co-production activities of Arrow 3 Upper Tier systems in the United States and in Israel,” the bill proclaimed.
The funds allocated are part of the 2016 MOU between the countries, worth $38 billion over a decade.
Out of the total budget, $47.5 million will be allocated towards anti-tunnel technology cooperation, $4 million for new US-Israel collaboration on coronavirus research and $6 million for joint US-Israel cooperative programs in energy and water.
The bill has not yet been considered by the Senate. LINK
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