Lebanese army vows to respond to Israeli, terrorist aggression
Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi promised Monday that the military would swiftly respond to any Israeli attack and terrorist attempts to undermine security in the southern city of Sidon.
“The Army is fully prepared to respond to any Israeli aggression and will not concede to any threat or remain silent in the event that it is targeted. Every aggressive act will be met with a similar one and the response will be immediate,” Kahwagi said.
He also praised the efforts of soldiers and officers in preserving security along the border areas and defending them against Israeli aggression.
“The Lebanese Army is eager to preserve stability in the south and committed to maintaining its security in cooperation with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon,” Kahwagi added.
“But it [the Army] is also aware of the Israeli enemy’s intentions toward Lebanon, particularly its attempts to take advantage of internal disputes to foment strife among the Lebanese,” Kahwagi added.
His remarks came during a tour of Army units in the southern district of Marjayoun and Sidon. Kahwagi also visited UNIFIL headquarters in the southern border village of Naqoura.
He said the Army’s strength stemmed from Lebanon’s right to national sovereignty, whether in land, air or sea, and from its obligation to defend its sovereignty, with support from the people and the international community.