UN chief warns of catastrophe ‘beyond imagination’ if Lebanon becomes another Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gives a press conference on the sidelines of the 2024 United Nations Civil Society Conference at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi on May 10, 2024. (Tony KARUMBA / AFP)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gives a press conference on the sidelines of the 2024 United Nations Civil Society Conference at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi on May 10, 2024. (Tony KARUMBA / AFP)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is profoundly concerned by escalating tensions between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah and that UN peacekeepers are working to calm the situation and prevent miscalculation.

“One rash move — one miscalculation — could trigger a catastrophe that goes far beyond the border, and frankly, beyond imagination,” he tells reporters.

“Let’s be clear: The people of the region and the people of the world cannot afford Lebanon to become another Gaza,” he says.

Guterres cites increased “bellicose rhetoric” from both sides as they engage in nearly daily exchanges of fire in parallel with the war in Gaza.

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