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Israel: Lebanon Responsible for Any Hezbollah Attack From its Territory

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JNS.orgFollowing a Hezbollah threat of retaliation for a purported Israeli airstrike on an arms convoy near the Lebanon-Syria border, Israel has warned the Lebanese government that it will hold them accountable for the actions of Hezbollah.

According to the Lebanese daily al-Akhbar, Israel sent the message through the U.N. peacekeeping force UNIFIL, which patrols southern Lebanon.

“It is self-evident that we see Lebanon as responsible for any attack on Israel from the territory of Lebanon,” Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said Friday, Israel Radio reported.

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“It is the duty of the Lebanese government to prevent any terrorist attack—whether a terrorist or missile attack, or any other kind—on the State of Israel,” he said.

On Wednesday, in an unusually blunt statement, Hezbollah said that it would “choose the time and place and the proper way to respond” against Israel for the airstrike, Lebanon’s Daily Star reported.

Additionally, the Lebanese government said it issued a formal complaint against Israel in the U.N. over the airstrike.

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