The United States on Friday urged Lebanon to prevent Hezbollah militants from firing rockets at Israel as tension mounts in the disputed Golan Heights region, occupied by the Hebrew state.
“We call on the Lebanese government to quickly prevent such attacks and regain control of the region,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. “We strongly encourage all efforts to maintain calm,” he added.
The Lebanese Hezbollah, a Shiite movement supported by Iran, launched Friday more than ten rockets towards Israel which retaliated with artillery fire, and this, in the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes on southern Lebanon, the first since 2014 .
Washington, which is a historic ally of Israel, “strongly” condemned Hezbollah’s attacks.
Lebanon, in the grip of an unprecedented economic and social crisis, has remained without a government since the explosion at the port of Beirut in August 2020.
Note that the Lebanese Hezbollah launched Friday more than ten rockets towards Israel which responded with artillery fire, a major escalation between the Hebrew state and the Shiite movement supported by Iran.
Hezbollah says it is responding to the strikes of the day before
Tension rose after the fire of a dozen rockets, claimed by Hezbollah, in the disputed region of the Golan Heights occupied by Israel since 1967, in the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes on southern Lebanon.
The two enemies said they did not want an escalation, after the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) warned of “a very dangerous situation” and called for an “immediate” ceasefire.
Hezbollah said it had bombed “positions of the Israeli occupation forces in the region of the Shebaa farms”, the Lebanese name for the area.
According to Israel, 19 rockets were fired, six of which hit its ground. Three missed their mark and the rest were intercepted by the Hebrew state air defenses.
The Lebanese Shiite movement claimed it was a response to the previous day’s Israeli airstrikes on southern Lebanon, the first since 2014.
On Friday, international media correspondents in southern Lebanon observed artillery fire by Israeli forces on Chebaa farms and near Kfarchouba. Calm had returned in the afternoon.