Lebanese PM warns of growing Israeli threats

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri voiced concern about Israeli threats and escalating military activity in a BBC interview.

Lebanese PM warns of growing Israeli threats

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri voiced concern about Israeli threats and escalating military activity in a BBC interview.

Israeli aircraft are making daily incursions into Lebanese air space, creating a very dangerous situation, al-Hariri said in the interview broadcast on Wednesday.

"We hear a lot of Israeli threats day in and day out, and not only threats," Hariri told the BBC. "We see what's happening on the ground and in our air space and what's happening all the time during the past two months -- every day we have Israeli war planes entering Lebanese air space," he said.

"This is something that has been escalating, and this is something that is really dangerous," Hariri said in a video posted on the BBC's web site.

The BBC quoted Hariri as saying he feared the prospect of another war with Israel.

The BBC quoted Hariri as saying that Lebanon was united and that the government would stand by Hezbollah.

"I think they're betting that there might be some division in Lebanon, if there is a war against us," it quoted him as saying. "Well, there won't be a division in Lebanon. We will stand against Israel. We will stand with our own people."

Syria accused Israel last week of pushing the Middle East towards a new war.

Israel's foreign minister threatened Assad, by saying President Bashar al-Assad would lose power in any future conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later reassured Syria that Israel "sought peace."

Israel attacked Lebanon in the 2006 34-day war. The war killed more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, mainly civilians, and 160 Israelis, most of them soldiers.


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