President of Lebanon has hit out at Israel and its “aggressive intentions” after the Israel Defense Forces launched a series of airstrikes on Lebanese territory, calling them retaliation for cross-border rocket attacks.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun blasted Israel’s use of force in attacking targets in Lebanon on Wednesday night.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) airstrikes on Lebanese villages underline “escalating aggressive intentions that coincide with the continuous threats against Lebanon and its sovereignty,” he stated.
Aoun contended that the assault was a “flagrant and dangerous” violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 and claimed the move was “a direct threat to security and stability” in the country’s south.
A further tweet stated that Aoun had discussed an investigation into the launch of rockets from Lebanese territory, insisting that measures will be taken. It also noted that submitting a complaint to the UN would be “an indispensable step to deter Israel from continuing its attacks on Lebanon.”
The IDF confirmed the strikes early on Thursday morning, saying the overnight sorties targeted “infrastructure used for terrorism” and rocket sites, vowing to “continue and even intensify” its operations in Lebanon.
Video footage has circulated online purporting to show the IDF strikes in progress.