Sleiman slams Israeli threats against civilians

President Michel Sleiman, left, receives Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman Thursday slammed Israeli threats to target civilians in Lebanon, saying such intimidation violates international resolutions.

“The Israeli threats to bomb residential and civilian areas are a clear violation to the [United Nations] Resolution 1701 at both political and international levels,” Sleiman said.

“They are also a violation to the principles of humanity and human rights to live in peace and safety as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates,” he added.

He also placed responsibility upon the international community and the United Nations for the Israeli intimidation of Lebanese residents.

Israeli air force chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel accused Hezbollah Wednesday of putting “thousands” of bases in residential buildings and said it would destroy these in a future conflict, even at the cost of civilian lives.

“We will have to deal aggressively with thousands of Hezbollah bases which threaten Israel and mainly our interior,” Eshel said in a speech, citing Beirut, the Bekaa Valley and southern Lebanon among the locations of the bases.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 31, 2014, on page 2.




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