First modification: 08/05/2021 – 15:50
Lebanese President Michel Aoun assured that the bombings are a “direct threat” to the country’s security. These attacks, the first since 2006, were Israel’s response to rockets fired from Lebanese soil at its territory.
For the first time since 2006, Israel bombed Lebanese territory. Now, the country’s president announced that he will present an “urgent” complaint to the United Nations (UN) Security Council.
“It is an indispensable step to dissuade Israel from continuing its attacks against Lebanon,” Aoun said via Twitter. According to the president, the bombing was a “direct threat” to the security of the country.
الرئيس عون: استخدام اسرائيل لسلاحها الجوي في استهداف قرى لبنانية هو الاول من نوعه منذ 2006 ويؤشر الى وجود نوايا عدوانية تصعيدية تتزامن مع التهديدات المتواصلة ضد لبنان وسيادته, وما حصل هو انتهاك فاضح وخطير لقرار مجلس الأمن الرقم 1701 وتهديد مباشر للأمن والاستقرار في الجنوب
– Lebanese Presidency (@LBpresidency) August 5, 2021
Israel attacked during the night of Wednesday August 4 and in the early morning of August 5 various points in southern Lebanon where, according to the Israeli Army, there were rocket launching positions.
The bombardment occurred in response to rockets fired from Lebanese territory against Israel that fell in open areas but caused some fires.
Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, the area from which the rockets were fired is under the control of the guerrillas of the Islamist group Hezbollah.
Gantz: “Clearly we could do a lot more”
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that the bombing of Lebanon “seeks to send a message.” “Clearly we could do a lot more and I hope it doesn’t have to come to that,” he threatened.
According to the Government of Israel, the perpetrators of the attacks are Palestinian factions operating from Lebanon, something that has happened sporadically in the past.
Instead, Aoun insisted that the bombing is a “flagrant and dangerous violation” of the UN Security Council resolution that ended Israel’s war against Hezbollah in Lebanon 15 years ago.
Acting Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab joined the criticism, calling Israel’s attack an “explicit aggression against Lebanese sovereignty.”
With EFE and Reuters