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Britain calls for emergency UNSC meeting on Israel-Lebanon

The UK’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant “requested to hold a Security Council emergency meeting to discuss the current situation in Lebanon following the latest tensions between Hezbollah and Israel, the President of the UN Security Council Cristián Barros Melet said yesterday.

Melet, the Chilean permanent representative to the UNSC whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council, told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York following consultations on the humanitarian situation in Syria that a date has not been set to hold the emergency meeting.

The Israeli army announced yesterday that two soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded in an alleged Hezbollah attack on an army convoy near the border with Lebanon.

The Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Hezbollah targeted an Israeli military convoy while it travelled along the occupied Lebanese territories, stressing on Lebanon’s adherence to UN resolution 1701 which gives it the right to “defend itself against Israeli aggression”.

The Lebanese foreign ministry extended its condolences to the leaders of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Spanish battalion “for the death of a Spanish soldier as a result of Israeli aggression”.

The Spanish soldier was killed in an Israeli shelling which targeted areas within Lebanon.

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