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Lebanese PM condemns Israeli attack on UN staff

Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati

Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati has condemned an Israeli attack that led to injuries for three United Nations observers and a translator in the south of the country.

A Saturday statement from Mikati's office said that he had spoken with Aroldo Lozaro, who serves as commander of the UN peacekeeping mission known as UNIFIL, to deplore the “targeting” and wounding of UN staff in southern Lebanon.

In a statement, UNIFIL called the attack in the morning on a vehicle carrying the UN observers outside the border town of Rmeish “unacceptable” and said it is investigating the incident.

Local authorities said the three unarmed technical observers, who are reportedly from Norway, Chile and Australia and work under a mission known as UNTSO, are being treated for their injuries along with the Lebanese interpreter. 

The Reuters news agency cited security sources as saying that the attack had been carried out by Israel. The Israeli regime denied responsibility.

That comes as the regime has been attacking civilians and fighters of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah since early October when Hezbollah began a campaign to target military sites in occupied Palestine to force Israel to stop in aggression on Gaza.

More than 320 people, including many civilians, have been killed in Israeli attacks on Lebanon over the past months. The regime’s military has kept silent about the number of fatalities it has suffered in Hezbollah attacks.

Israel has sought to avoid a confrontation with Hezbollah amid its aggression on Gaza. Hezbollah has also refused to accept calls from the US and other allies of Israel to stop attacking the regime, saying the campaign will continue until Israel halts its attacks on Gaza.

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