UNIFIL chief warns against increased tensions between Israel, Lebanon

Xinhua , Monday 21 Sep 2020

United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) armored vehicle is parked on a side road in the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Kila near the border with Israel on January 3, 2020. AFP

The chief of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Monday warned against increased tensions between Lebanon and Israel amid Israeli warplanes' continuous violations against Lebanon's airspace, the National News Agency reported.

"In recent days, UNIFIL has recorded a large number of air violations by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)," said Stefano Del Col.

Asking IDF to stop violating Lebanon's airspace, he noted such violations escalate tensions and could trigger incidents endangering the cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel.

These violations contradict UNIFIL's objectives and undermine the agency's efforts to reduce tensions and establish a stable security environment in southern Lebanon, Del Col added. 

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