UN says ‘dangerous escalation’ between Lebanon and Israel must stop

Israeli security forces at the scene where a rocket fired from Lebanon impacted in the city of Safed on February 14, 2024. (David Cohen/Flash90)
Israeli security forces at the scene where a rocket fired from Lebanon impacted in the city of Safed on February 14, 2024. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The UN secretary-general’s spokesman calls for a halt to increased violence between the IDF and Hezbollah in Lebanon, amid fears of wider conflict.

“The recent escalation is dangerous indeed and should stop,” Stephane Dujarric says, noting that peacekeepers from the UN mission in Lebanon have noticed “a concerning shift in the exchanges of fire between the Israeli armed forces and armed groups in Lebanon.”

The attacks, he says, include the “targeting of areas far from the Blue Line,” the frontier demarcated by the UN in 2000 after Israeli troops withdrew from southern Lebanon.

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