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UNIFIL: No escalation on Blue Line feared

UNIFIL peacekeepers on APC patrol the southern border village of Kfar Kila, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tennetti downplayed fears of possible escalation along the Blue Line on the border between Lebanon and Israel Monday, saying the international peacekeeping force “has guarantees” that calm will be maintained.

Tennetti said in a statement that the United National Interim Force in Lebanon had received “guarantees from concerned parties” that the situation in south Lebanon would remain calm, following a spate of rockets fired from Lebanon to Israel, which drew retaliatory artillery fire.

The rocket attacks came as Israel pressed its assault on the Gaza Strip. After nearly three weeks, fighting between Hamas and Israel hit a relative lull Monday, as international pressure for a durable cease-fire grew.

Underscoring the volatile situation in the region, Tennetti stressed that the peacekeeping force was following up closely on developments on the ground with pertinent parties to avert any possible security escalation.

"UNIFIL is committed to preserving the Blue Line," he asserted.





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