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The President of Lebanon accused Israel of instability on southern borders

The aggressive actions taken by Israel on the border with Lebanon on Monday, threatening stability in the region, said the President of Lebanon Michel Aoun at a meeting of the Supreme Council for national security.

On Monday, the media reported about the "incident" in the area of Shebaa farms on the Lebanese-Israeli border. After a reported clash with a firearm. Eyewitnesses told RIA Novosti about the shelling by Israel of a settlement Kafarshuba in southern Lebanon. The Hezbollah declared involvement in the clashes on the southern borders, noting that the fire was only one party - Israel.

"The President started the meeting with a condemnation of the attack hostile to Israel in the South that occurred yesterday. He regarded these actions as a threat to a stable environment in southern Lebanon, especially at a time when the UN security Council plans to soon consider a request to extend the mission of UN peacekeeping forces in the South," written in the received RIA Novosti copy of the statement of the press service of the President.

The Prime Minister of Lebanon Hassan Diyab said in the meeting that the incident on the southern borders can be regarded as a full-fledged aggression on the part of Israel. "What happened in the South is a dangerous military escalation and the threat of resolution 1701", he said.

"Apparently, Israel is trying to amend the obligations of the United Nations Interim force in Lebanon and to change the rules of warfare with Lebanon. We need to be very vigilant in the coming days, as the enemy will repeat their aggression, and there are fears that the situation could go in the worst direction in light of the strong tensions on our borders with occupied Palestine," said Diyab.

On Wednesday online-a briefing the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Israel Lior Hayat said that tel Aviv is in favour of extending the mission of the United Nations interim force in southern Lebanon, but believes that the mandate of peacekeepers must be extended to be more effective.

The government of Lebanon on 3 June decided to forward the request to the UN security Council to extend the mission the United Nations Interim force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for a year.

The leader of the Lebanese movement "Hezbollah" Hassan Nasrallah declared intentions of Israel and the United States to change the mandate of peacekeepers in South Lebanon and give them the right to searches and searches of private property under the pretext of search and seizure of weapons. The Shiite leader said about the inadmissibility of such actions, as this will be a direct violation of private property and the rights of citizens.

The first 4 thousand blue helmets have been dispatched to southern Lebanon in 1978. The United Nations interim force UNIFIL (UNIFIL) continued to be in the South of Lebanon in accordance with resolution 1701 of the UN security Council, which put an end to the war with Israel in 2006. Together with the Lebanese army peacekeepers control the area near Lebanon's border with Israel, also called the blue line. The composition of UNIFIL comprises about 11 thousand military personnel and more than 800 civilian experts from 41 countries. A third contingent of troops from EU countries.