Lebanon’s prime minister asks France and the US to intervene to defuse tension with Israel

BEIRUT, Sep 1 (Reuters / EP) –

Lebanon's Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, has called on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to ask for his help in an attempt to defuse tension with Israel after the exchange of artillery of the last hours between the Israeli Army and the Hezbollah militias on the border.

“We have asked the United States and France to intervene given the latest events on the southern border,” Hariri’s office said in a statement.

Lebanon’s prime minister asks France and the US to intervene to defuse tension with Israel
Lebanon’s prime minister asks France and the US to intervene to defuse tension with Israel

The incidents have begun when members of the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah attacked an Israeli military vehicle whose occupants are “dead or injured” on Sunday, according to a statement collected by the Naharnet news portal.

The attack has occurred at the height of the Israeli town of Avivim, as confirmed by the Israeli Army spokesman Avichay Adraee on the other side.

The Israeli Army, in its official Twitter account, has confirmed that several “attacks from Lebanon reached military positions” of Israel in the north of the country.

“We returned the fire to the origin of the attack in southern Lebanon,” the Hebrew military added in its official Twitter account.

Shortly afterwards, the Al Manar TV network, related to Hezbollah, has reported that Israeli forces are bombing the Lebanese border town of Marun al Ras in the south of the country.

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