Lebanese President Michel Aoun last evening said that three airstrikes by Israel that targeted a Palestinian base in eastern Lebanon around the border with Syria were, “no less than declaring a war.”
Three drone attacks with a gap of just a few minutes early mornings yesterday targeted a base near Qusaya in Bekaa Valley of a Syrian supported group called the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command which is merged with Hezbollah.
The strike was carried out a day later following the crash of an Israeli drone in a Hezbollah controlled area of southern Beirut with another crashing nearby due to explosion. These attacks breached the resolution of the UN Security Council which put an end to the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah according to President Aoun’s information provided to the UN special coordinator for Lebanon, Jan Kubis.
Aoun said, “ What took place was no less than declaring war and we hold the right to protect our sovereignty, independence, and protection of our land. Our people demand peace and not war, therefore we won’t accept any threats from anyone through any means.”
A spokesperson for UN, Stephane Dujarric informed that Aoun’s statements have been looked into and yet again urged to bring an end to violations of the Security Council resolution and abide by all its rules.
Lebanese diplomatic expert RiyadTabarahcalled the drone occurrence mysterious and revealed that such drones were usually used to target people and not places.
He also mentioned that escalating pressure from Israel against Hezbollah and Iran is supported by the US, which was unable to utilize the pressure directly. He claimed that Israel’s actions were on behalf of the US in order to pressurize Iran to come in negotiation terms.
Whereas Israel’s drones were constantly viewed flying over the Bekaa Valley and southern Lebanon last evening, at the point where United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon guards the border with Israel.