Lebanese Speaker to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Will not be Lured into War by Israel

Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri. dpa
Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri. dpa
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Lebanese Speaker to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Will not be Lured into War by Israel

Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri. dpa
Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri. dpa

Speaker Nabih Berri has accused Israel of deliberately creating a scenario designed to lure Lebanon into war, saying “we will continue to exercise self-restraint.”

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat published on Monday, Berri said that the unprecedented Israeli attacks on Lebanon, mainly the South and the East, come “as part of efforts to lure us to war.”

“But we will not be dragged to an open war and we will continue to exercise self-restraint and to absorb the Israeli aggression that reached its peak in the past two days by turning most villages and towns situated south of the Litani river into dilapidated and uninhabitable areas.”

Berri slammed Israel for its "systematic destruction of dozens of towns in the South, whether those lying along the border with the occupied Palestinian territories, or those deeper” inside Lebanon.

He reiterated that Lebanon “will not be provoked and will not take the decision to expand the war.”

Hezbollah has been trading fire with Israel across Lebanon's southern border since Oct. 8, a day after Hamas launched an attack on Israel that triggered Israel's war in Gaza and led to escalating regional tensions.

Hezbollah has been firing rockets and Israel launching airstrikes and artillery shells.

Berri told Asharq Al-Awsat that the international community was aware that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was threatening to expand the war in Gaza to southern Lebanon.

A source close to Berri’s Amal movement and Hezbollah said that the speaker was coordinating with US envoy Amos Hochstein to stop the war and implement Security Council Resolution 1701.

Berri's negotiations with Hochstein have received Hezbollah's "unconditional" support, the source added.

 

 



UN Human Rights Chief: Situation in West Bank 'Drastically Deteriorating'

Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
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UN Human Rights Chief: Situation in West Bank 'Drastically Deteriorating'

Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)

The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday warned that the rights situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was drastically deteriorating, while there had been "unconscionable death and suffering" in Gaza.

"The situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is dramatically deteriorating," said Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He said that as of June 15, 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, had been killed by Israeli security forces or settlers since October, in some cases raising "serious concerns of unlawful killings."