BEIRUT (Dispatches) – Lebanon is prepared to defend itself against the Zionist regime’s attacks, which are in violation of the 2006 UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Saturday.
In a televised address, the president said the occupying regime’s attacks in southern Lebanon had once again flouted UNSC Resolution 1701, which calls for full cessation of hostilities and the regime’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
Aoun asserted that Lebanon remains willing to abide by the resolution and resolving all disputes under UN supervision.
"We are committed to defending ourselves, our land, our water, and our authority. We will not compromise on this matter,” he said.
The president’s comments come after Zionist troops bombed the border town of Kafr Shuba on July 27 because of a "security incident.”
On the same day, Lebanon said it would lodge an official complaint with the UNSC.
The Zionist regime military claimed it had "thwarted an infiltration attempt by Hezbollah” in the Jabal Ros area.
Hezbollah resistance movement, however, denied the claim, saying: "There was no clash or shooting on our part in the events that took place today on the southern border in Lebanon, but rather it was only one party which was the fearful, anxious, and tense enemy.”
It also vowed to respond to the martyrdom of one of its members in "Israeli aggression” in Syria’s capital Damascus last week.
The Russian ambassador to Beirut says U.S. officials are under the illusion that they can disarm the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement through sanctions.
"Disarming Hezbollah is the primary purpose of U.S. sanctions… I do not think that such a goal would be achieved through this method. The United States will not manage to force Hezbollah into laying down its weapons. This is an illusion,” Zasypkin said in an exclusive interview with Beirut-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network on Friday.
In late October 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration imposed a new round of sanctions on Hezbollah, targeting individuals and international organizations that do business with the group.
"Over the past year, we have levied the highest sanctions ever imposed on Hezbollah, in a single year, by far. Just a few moments ago, I signed legislation imposing even more hard-hitting sanctions on Hezbollah to further starve them of their funds. And they are starving for them,” Trump said during an event in Washington, DC, that marked the 35th anniversary of an attack on U.S. marine barracks in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.