UN warns of risk of broader conflict along Israel-Lebanon border

AFP , Friday 7 Jun 2024

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for an end to hostilities along the demarcation line between Lebanon and Israel, warning of the risk of a broader conflict.

Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike on the southern Lebanese village of Aita al Shaab near the border with Israel on June 4, 2024. AFP


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting the northern border area, warned Wednesday that Israel was "prepared for a very intense operation" along the border.

Daily exchanges of artillery fire between Hezbollah and Israel have intensified in recent days as Israel's bloodiest-ever war on Gaza entered its ninth month.

"As the exchanges of fire across the Blue Line continue, the Secretary-General renews his calls to the parties to urgently cease fire," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement, referring to the demarcation line between Israel and Lebanon.

"These exchanges of fire could trigger a broader conflict with devastating consequences for the region," he added.

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