Bassil warns against return to 'Fatah Land' era

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil has warned against a return to the so-called “Fatah Land” era in south Lebanon, in the wake of the attacks launched by Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad from south Lebanon.

“As much as we support the right of the Palestinian resistance to fight Israel on Palestine’s land, we refuse any use of Lebanese territory as a launchpad for military actions by any non-Lebanese party,” Bassil said on a post on the X platform.

“No to a return to the Fatah Land era,” Bassil added.

“Fatah Land” refers to the southern Lebanese areas where Palestinian militants set up their bases after being expelled from Jordan following the 1970 Black September conflict. A year earlier, Yasser Arafat, then-leader of the Fatah Movement, signed the Cairo Agreement with Lebanon.

The agreement granted Palestinians the possibility of launching operations against Israel from their Lebanese bases. That southern region was eventually dubbed “Fatah Land”.

The recent Palestinian attacks on Israel on Monday and Tuesday drew Israeli shelling of southern Lebanese border areas and an Israeli attack on a Hezbollah post that left three fighters dead.

Hezbollah has retaliated three times against the attacks, the last of which today, Wednesday, when it attacked an Israeli post in northern Israel and said it caused deaths and injuries among Israeli troops.

Source: Naharnet

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