Egypt supports Lebanon to face Israeli violations: FM

07:51, August 04, 2010      

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul- Gheit said Tuesday Egypt is fully siding with Lebanon in the face of Israeli violations.

In a telephone conversation with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Abul-Gheit confirmed that Egypt is fully supporting the Lebanese government in standing up to the Israeli violations of Lebanon's sovereignty.

Earlier in the day, Israeli forces and Lebanese army exchanged fire in the area of Adisah in south Lebanon, killing at least three Lebanese soldiers and a Lebanese journalist.

Abul-Gheit said Egypt is totally rejecting all forms of violations of the Lebanese sovereignty and condemns the Israeli breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak also received a phone call from Hariri, who posted him on developments in southern Lebanon following the Israeli attacks on border areas, state-run MENA news agency reported.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has contacted the United States, France and the UN on Tuesday, calling for immediate intervention to stop the Israeli attack on Lebanon.

Egypt called upon all parties concerned to step in to pressurize Israel into self-restraint and abstain from escalating the military situation in south Lebanon.

The Israeli-Lebanese clashes also left four Lebanese soldiers and a correspondent of the Al-Manar channel wounded, according to pan-Arab al-Jazeera TV.

Al-Jazeera's earlier report said an Israeli officer and two Lebanese soldiers were killed in the clashes.

The clashes are the first of its kind since the 2006 war between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah, which lasted for 34 days and was ended by UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

Source: Xinhua


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