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Lebanese Christian leader calls on army to confront Hezbollah

A Christian leader in Lebanon called on the country's army to retake the south of the country and prevent Hezbollah – the dominant terror group in southern Lebanon – from launching rockets at Israel, as it did last week.

“We call upon the Lebanese army, which is responsible with the international forces for the security of the South, to take control of the entire lands of the South, to strictly implement (United Nations) Resolution 1701 and to prevent the launching of missiles from Lebanese territory, not for the sake of Israel’s safety, but rather for the safety of Lebanon,” Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, the Maronite Patriarch, said during Sunday mass, according to Lebanese media.

He said it is up to the government, not a political party, to decide "peace and war outside the decision of legality and the national decision entrusted to two-thirds of the members of the government.”

Hezbollah fired 19 rockets at open areas in Israel. Two days before that another group launched three rockets at Israel. Israel retaliated with airstrikes both times. There were no injuries or casualties on either side in both incidents.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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