WORLD UN chief repeats call for calm on Lebanon-Israel border

WORLD

UN chief repeats call for calm on Lebanon-Israel border

Xinhua

07:50, August 09, 2021

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres repeated his call on Sunday for calm on the Lebanon-Israel border.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech at the Climate Ambition Summit at the UN headquarters in New York, on Dec. 12, 2020. (File photo: Handout via Xinhua)

"The secretary-general expresses his deep concern about the recent escalation between Lebanon and Israel across the Blue Line, including rocket fire into Israel and return airstrikes and artillery fire into Lebanon," said Guterres' press office in a note to correspondents.

The Blue Line is a border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel published by the United Nations in 2000.

The secretary-general calls on all parties to exercise utmost restraint and to actively engage with the liaison and coordination mechanisms of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, said the press office. "It is paramount that all actors involved avoid actions that can further heighten tensions and lead to miscalculation."

Guterres made a similar call on Friday.

The latest escalation came as Lebanon is struggling both politically and economically, one year after the devastating Beirut Port blast.

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