Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hezbollah's Attack on Israeli Defense Forces

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 28, 2015
The United States strongly condemns Hezbollah's attack today from Lebanon on Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in blatant violation of the cease fire between Lebanon and Israel and UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for the immediate cessation by Hezbollah of all attacks. We support Israel's legitimate right to self-defense and continue to urge all parties to respect the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon. We urge all parties to refrain from any action that could escalate the situation.
We are deeply concerned by reports of injuries and casualties on both sides of the Blue Line, including the reported deaths of IDF soldiers and the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper from the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). We extend our sincere condolences to the victims' families. We also stand with UNIFIL as it fulfills its important mandate to maintain peace and security along the Blue Line.
Hezbollah continues to incite violence and instability inside Lebanon by attacking Israel and by its presence and fighting inside Syria, which violates Lebanese leaders' agreed policy of dissociating Lebanon from foreign conflicts.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Suicide Attack in Tripoli, Lebanon

Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 11, 2015
The United States strongly condemns yesterday's suicide bombing at the Omran Café in the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood of Tripoli, Lebanon, where at least seven people were killed and dozens were injured. We extend our deepest sympathies to the victims' families and wish a full recovery to those who were injured. The United States will continue its strong support for the Lebanese security forces as they protect the Lebanese people, combat violent extremists, and preserve Lebanon's stability, sovereignty, and security.