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Ceasefire in Gaza would not necessarily extend to Lebanon: US envoy

March 4, 2024 at 4:30 pm

US Senior Advisor for Energy Security Amos Hochstein speaks to press after his meeting with Lebanese Prime minister Najib Mikati at Prime Ministry building in Beirut, Lebanon, 09 September 2022. [Houssam Shbaro – Anadolu Agency]

A senior US envoy said, Monday, that a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip may not halt cross-border clashes between the Israeli army and Lebanese group, Hezbollah, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Any ceasefire in Gaza will not necessarily automatically extend to Lebanon,” Amos Hochstein told a press conference in Beirut following his talks with Lebanese Parliament Speaker, Nabih Berri.

Hochstein said he is engaged and “collaborating with international partners to secure a peaceful solution in Lebanon.”

“Escalation will neither assist the Lebanese nor the Israelis in returning to their homes,” the White House envoy added.

“The United States is committed to working with the Lebanese government to end the violence that began on October 8th,” Hochstein said. “Efforts are underway to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and release hostages.”

Hochstein arrived in the Lebanese capital early Monday for talks with Lebanese officials on the situation along Lebanon’s border with Israel, marking his second visit since 8 October.

Tension has flared along the border between Lebanon and Israel amid intermittent exchanges of weapons fire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah, in the deadliest clashes since the two sides fought a full-scale war in 2006.

The border tension comes amid an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas on 7 October.

At least 300 people are estimated to have been killed in Israeli attacks in Lebanon since the conflicts first erupted in October of last year. Nearly 20 Israelis have also been killed, according to Israeli figures.

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