‘I Do Not Rule out an Escalation’: Lebanon’s Mikati on Israel-Hezbollah War

Lebanese Prime Minister, Najib Mikati. (Photo: via UN Website)

According to Najib Mikati, Lebanon is “in the middle of a storm” caused by the conflict.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said that he intends to prevent his country from being pulled into the Middle East conflict but does not rule out a further escalation.

“I perform my duties by preventing Lebanon from being pulled into the war,” he said in an interview with Agency France Press, adding that he “does not rule out” a further escalation of the conflict.

According to Mikati, Lebanon is “in the middle of a storm” caused by the conflict.

“I do not rule out an escalation, because there is a race to achieve a ceasefire before the conflict spreads to the entire region,” Mikati added.

Previously, Mikati told Sky News Arabia that, if Lebanon gets pulled into the conflict, that will mean chaos for the entire Middle East.

Israel has, thus far, killed over 8,300 Palestinians in Gaza, including 3,457 children, and wounded more than 21,000. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Despite a massive Israeli military buildup around the Gaza borders and sporadic infiltrations on the outskirts of the besieged Strip, Palestinian Resistance continues to repel Israeli attacks.

To justify its military failure, the Israeli army continues to pound civilian homes throughout the Gaza Strip with new massacres reported everywhere in the besieged enclave.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli military siege since 2007, following a democratic election in occupied Palestine, the results of which were rejected by Tel Aviv and Washington. 


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