Ahmadinejad calls for intl. response to Israeli attack on Lebanon

August 5, 2010

TEHRAN – In a telephone conversation with his Lebanese counterpart, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a firm and immediate international response to the Zionist regime’s cross-border attack on Lebanon on Tuesday in which three Lebanese soldiers and a Lebanese journalist were martyred.

A clash broke out after Israeli soldiers crossed the Lebanese border and attempted to uproot a tree obstructing their view.
On Wednesday, Ahmadinejad offered his condolences to Lebanese President Michel Suleiman over the death of the Lebanese citizens, saying the Israelis launched the attack out of desperation.
The Zionist regime’s adventurous moves only show its weakness and do not show strength, Ahmadinejad told Suleiman.
He also stated that Iran stands by the Lebanese government and people.
President Suleiman thanked Iran for its support of Lebanon, saying that Lebanon plans to file a formal complaint against the Zionist regime at the UN Security Council.
Ahmadinejad also held a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday in which he said greater vigilance and preparedness are necessary in the face of the Zionist regime’s threats.
Israel has reached a deadlock, and the enemies’ attempts to create trouble in the region, particularly in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, will fail due to resistance and unity, Ahmadinejad stated.
A Lebanese security official said several Israeli soldiers were injured in the clashes, AFP reported.
Other reports said that one Israeli soldier had been killed.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri “denounced the Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty.”
Lebanon condemns the “violation of Lebanese sovereignty and demands… the United Nations and the international community bear their responsibilities and pressure Israel to stop its aggression,” a statement from Hariri's office said.
Tuesday's clash was the deadliest incident along the border since Israel’s devastating war on the people of Lebanon in 2006.
Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah discussed the incident in a speech in the southern suburbs of Beirut on Tuesday night and promised to take action in response to any future acts of aggression by Israel against the Lebanese Army.
“The Israeli hand that targets the Lebanese Army will be cut off,” the Lebanese resistance movement's leader said on Tuesday.
“In any place where the Lebanese Army will be assaulted and there is a presence for the resistance and it is capable, the resistance will not stand silent, or quiet or restrained,” Nasrallah added.
A Lebanese security official in the area told AFP that the Israeli troops had opened fire first.
“The Israelis fired four shells (from a tank) that fell near a Lebanese Army position on the outskirts of the village of Adaisseh and the Lebanese Army fired back,” the official said.
A Lebanese Army spokesman said the clash broke out after Israeli soldiers attempted to uproot a tree which blocked their view with a large crane on the Lebanese side of the fenced border.
“The Israelis began to fire and we responded,” he said.