Lebanon warns of escalating tension on the Lebanese-Israeli border

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab called to be cautious about escalating border tensions with Israel on Tuesday, while Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country thwarted an infiltration attempt by Hezbollah, which the latter denied.

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said on Tuesday that Israel violated his country's sovereignty with a "dangerous military escalation" along the Israeli-Lebanese border on Monday and called for caution amid escalating border tensions.

For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: The Israeli forces thwarted an attempt by Hezbollah to infiltrate across the Lebanese border on Monday, which was denied by the Iranian-backed Shiite group, and a Reuters witness in Lebanon witnessed dozens of Israeli missiles that hit the disputed Shebaa Farms area.

Diab called via Twitter: "to be cautious in the coming days for his fear that the situation will deteriorate in light of the escalation of tensions on the borders, and that Israel is trying to change the rules of engagement."

The Israeli forces were on high alert along the northern border in anticipation of a retaliatory response from Hezbollah to the killing of one of its members a week ago in an alleged Israeli attack on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Netanyahu said: Any attacks from Lebanese territory will be received a strong response, and for his part, Hezbollah, which fought a war with Israel in 2006, denied that its forces tried to cross the border, and said the incident was "unilateral."


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