Mansour Says Lebanon Confronts Israeli 'Bats' With Landminesإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour has warned that Lebanon would confront Israelis “bats” with landmines after four soldiers were injured following an incursion into Lebanese territories early Wednesday.
“They have their bats and we have landmines,” Mansour told As Safir newspaper published Thursday.
The Lebanese army said Wednesday that a group of Israeli soldiers crossed the border into southern Lebanon and were wounded in an explosion which reports have said was caused by a landmine.
It called the incident a "new violation of Lebanese sovereignty" and said it was investigating the nature of the blast.
The communique said the Israeli troops reached as far as 400 meters inside Lebanon in the Labbouneh area near the coastal town of Naqoura.
“If (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu believes that his troops are protecting the border then we also know how to do that,” Mansour told As Safir.
Netanyahu on Wednesday wished the troops a speedy recovery while on a tour of a military base in the south of the country, and said "we will continue to act responsibly in order to defend Israel's borders."
Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon also said the blast wounded four soldiers, some lightly, others moderately, "in operational activity along the Lebanon border."
Mansour confirmed that Lebanon would file a complaint with the United Nations Security Council over the incident.
He described it as a violation of Security Council resolution 1701 that ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbullah.
It "reveals again the Israeli enemy's hidden intentions through its infiltration of Lebanese territory," he said.