11 December 2023

A senior member of the Israeli war cabinet told Secretary of State Antony Blinken that “heightened aggression and increased attacks by Iranian-backed Hizbollah demand of Israel to remove such a threat to the civilian population of northern Israel… The international community currently has an important role to play, and it must act to ensure that the state of Lebanon stops such aggression along its border”. The following day, a senior Hizbollah official asserted that they would continue striking Israeli targets near the border should the Gaza war continue, emphasising: “We are completely ready for any border escalation… Threats and enticements do not affect Hizbollah”.

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