Report: Hezbollah rejects French paper, says it 'has not lost'

Hezbollah has rejected the French paper that was sent by the French embassy in Beirut to caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib last Wednesday, a media report said.

“Hezbollah, which also received a copy of this paper, has said that it is not concerned with the concessions that it is being asked to offer, due to the fact that the war has not happened and accordingly it has not lost,” diplomatic sources told the Nidaa al-Watan newspaper in remarks published Tuesday.

Bou Habib had announced Monday that Lebanon would respond next week to the French proposal.

The proposal would involve Hezbollah withdrawing its forces 10 kilometers from the border, a Lebanese government official has told The Associated Press.

Lebanese government and Hezbollah officials have said there would be no agreement on the border before there is a cease-fire in Gaza.

Since October 8, Hezbollah and Israel have exchanged near-daily fire. At least 284 people have been killed on the Lebanese side since fighting erupted, most of them Hezbollah fighters but also including 44 civilians. On the Israeli side, 10 soldiers and six civilians have been killed according to the Israeli army.

The fighting has also displaced tens of thousands of residents on both sides of the border and Israel has repeatedly warned that it might use bigger force against Hezbollah to secure its residents' return.

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