Lebanon warns of “dangerous” situation with Israel

10 Feb 2010 09:58:24 GMT

Source: Reuters

LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft are making daily incursions into Lebanese air space, creating a very dangerous situation, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said in an interview broadcast on Wednesday. 

“We hear a lot of Israeli threats day in and day out, and not only threats,” Hariri told the BBC. “We see what’s happening on the ground and in our air space and what’s happening all the time during the past two months — every day we have Israeli war planes entering Lebanese air space,” he said. 

“This is something that has been escalating, and this is something that is really dangerous,” Hariri said in a video posted on the BBC’s web site. 

The BBC quoted Hariri as saying he feared the prospect of another war with Israel. 

Syria accused Israel last week of pushing the Middle East towards a new war. 

Israel’s foreign minister responded by saying Damascus would be defeated and President Bashar al-Assad would lose power in any future conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later reassured Syria that Israel sought peace. 

Israel fought a 34-day war in 2006 with Lebanese Hezbollah militants. Israel said in January that U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon had uncovered hundreds of pounds of explosive devices near the Israeli border, which the Jewish state said had been planted by Hezbollah. 

The BBC quoted Hariri as saying that Lebanon was united and that the government would stand by Hezbollah. 

“I think they’re betting that there might be some division in Lebanon, if there is a war against us,” it quoted him as saying. “Well, there won’t be a division in Lebanon. We will stand against Israel. We will stand with our own people.” (Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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