US Urges Lebanon to Prevent Hezbollah Attacks on Israel

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US Urges Lebanon to Prevent Hezbollah Attacks on Israel

The United States on Friday urged Lebanon's government to prevent Hezbollah from firing rockets into Israel, as tensions between the long-time foes escalated.

"We call upon the Lebanese government urgently to prevent such attacks and bring the area under its control," State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

"We strongly encourage all efforts to maintain calm."

Hezbollah has long exerted a powerful role in Lebanon, which is wracked by an economic meltdown and has only had a caretaker government for a year.

The United States said it condemned "in the strongest terms" the volley of rockets fired by Hezbollah into Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms in response to Israel's first air strikes on its northern neighbor in seven years.

The United States is the leading international supporter of Israel and earlier said that the Jewish state had a right to defend itself.

Source: AFP