Hizbullah Vows to Confront 'Any Attack' on Lebanon's 'Oil and Gas Rights'

W460

Hizbullah on Wednesday hit back at Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman over remarks about offshore gas, pledging to “confront any attack” on Lebanon's “oil and gas rights.”

“Lieberman's statements are a new reflection of the continuous Israeli ambitions regarding Lebanon's resources, land and waters, and are part of the hostile policy against Lebanon and its sovereignty and legitimate rights,” Hizbullah said in a communique.

“As we express our support for the stances of the three presidents and the rest of Lebanese officials against this new aggression, we reiterate our firm and forthright stance on confronting any attack on our oil and gas rights, defending Lebanon's installations and protecting its resources,” the group added.

It was referring to stances by Lebanon's president, parliament speaker and premier and the Lebanese ministers of foreign affairs, defense and energy.

Earlier in the day, Lieberman described as "very provocative" Lebanon's tender on exploring gas in Block 9. This gas field "is by all accounts ours," the Israeli minister said.

Lebanon in December approved a bid for offshore oil and gas exploration off its Mediterranean coast -- a vision for years hampered by political instability and domestic wrangling.

That deal was awarded to the only bidder, an international consortium including France's Total and Russia's Novatek.

Lebanese officials say the country will start exploratory offshore drilling in 2019.

A major finding in Lebanon's southernmost waters could raise the possibility of a dispute with Israel, which is developing a number of offshore gas deposits, with one large field, Tamar, already producing gas, and the larger Leviathan field set to go online next year.

There are over 800 square kilometers of waters claimed by Lebanon and Israel, which are technically in a state of conflict. Israel and Hizbullah fought a fierce, monthlong war in 2006.

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Comments 7
Thumb justin 31 January 2018, 21:56

Hizbullah Vows

looool

Thumb s.o.s 31 January 2018, 23:45

lmao

Thumb whyaskwhy 01 February 2018, 00:08

Was this not the same terror group that vowed to liberate Israel 20 years ago? as usual they will get the snot beat out of them and will claim the usual. "We resolve to demolishing Israel at a later date" lol

Thumb liberty 01 February 2018, 06:15

loool

Thumb barrymore 01 February 2018, 07:43

filthy terrorist iranian group of sectarian thugs

Thumb shab 01 February 2018, 20:57

Filthy murdering militia

Thumb thepatriot 02 February 2018, 03:14

Why isn't the Resistance resisting in the South?
What are they waiting for?
Why are they not "liberating" shebaa?