Lebanon ready to face aggression ‘by all means’: officials

Filed on August 3, 2010

BEIRUT — Lebanon stands ready to face Israeli aggression “by all available means,” the head of Lebanon’s defence council said on Tuesday following clashes along the Lebanon-Israel border that left four dead.

“After consultations, the council has ... given instructions to face all aggressions on our territory, army and people by all available means and no matter the sacrifices,” General Said Eid said.

Israeli and Lebanese troops exchanged fire along the northernmost section of their common border on Tuesday, with each side accusing the other of having started the fighting.

Two Lebanese soldiers, a journalist and a senior Israeli officer were killed in the clashes, according to sources from both sides.

Eid said Lebanon planned to file a complaint over the incident before the UN Security Council.

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