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Lebanon will suffer from any regional flare-up: Mansour

Lebanon's Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour is seen in this March 7, 2013 picture during a press conference at the Rafik Hariri International Airport. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour warned Friday against the dangers of Israeli plots, saying Lebanon will suffer from any major conflict in the area.

“Israel is pushing the region toward a confrontation, but international contacts were able to get matters under control,” Mansour said in comments Friday.

He described the present situation along the border with Israel as “calm”, but Mansour warned that “any explosion in the region will have repercussion on the Lebanese arena.”

Mansour blamed Israel for destabalizing the region. He pointed to “unusual” Israeli overflights over Lebanon and the recent Israeli missile attacks on Syria that coincided with stepped up rhetoric as well as Israeli maneuvers along the border with Lebanon, describing these events as “alarming.”

Israeli warplanes hit targets in Syria last week, raising fears of a possible regional conflict.

According to Israeli officials, the attacks targeted sophisticated, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be bound for Hezbollah.

State-run Syrian media said the Israeli raids struck a military and scientific research center near Damascus, inflicting casualties.

The airstrikes were a significant escalation of Israel's involvement in the bloody Syria crisis.

 

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