Prime Minister Tammam Salam heads a Cabinet session in Beirut, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Cabinet is seeking to avert any negative repercussions from a possible retaliation by Hezbollah for last week's Israeli airstrike that killed six party fighters and a senior Iranian general in Syria's Golan Heights, ministerial sources said Wednesday.Although most political parties represented in the Cabinet have condemned the Israeli attack and offered their condolences to Hezbollah officials over the death of the six fighters, with Prime Minister Tammam Salam sending a telegram of condolences to the party command, it is likely that the issue of a possible Hezbollah reprisal will stir a debate among the ministers, the sources said. Salam and a number of ministers are in contact with the Hezbollah command through the party's two ministers, the sources said, adding that the general tendency within the Cabinet was to underline Lebanon's respect for U.N. Resolution 1701 that ended the Hezbollah-Israeli war in 2006 and affirm the government's declared disassociation policy toward regional conflicts.
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