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UNIFIL stresses need to stop escalation in southern Lebanon

Beirut, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) stressed on Thursday the pressing need to stop the escalation in southern Lebanon immediately, following the persistent Israeli aggression and the response of the Axis of Resistance - Hezbollah.

In a statement, the peacekeeping mission urged all parties to lay down their arms and start working towards a sustainable political and diplomatic solution.

Likewise, UNIFIL expressed its concern over the current escalation of violence across the Blue Line, noting that such hostility caused the death of a large number of civilians and the destruction of homes and livelihoods.

At such point, the international command indicated its readiness to support the process in any way possible, including by holding a tripartite meeting at the request of the parties.

On addressing incidents in southern Lebanon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator there Imran Riza stated that the tragic acts of the past 36 hours resulted in a single-day death toll of up to 11 civilians, including 10 paramedics.

In that sense, UNIFIL denounced the repeated attacks on health facilities and health workers who risk their lives to provide urgent assistance to their local communities.

Incidentally, the organization pointed out that attacks on medical care violate international humanitarian law and are unacceptable.

On its message, it underscored that the rules of war are crystal-clear: civilians, including health care workers, must be protected.

In light of Zionist brutality, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry filed a complaint with the Security Council over the massacres committed by Israel against aid workers and civilians in the towns of Al-Habbariyah, Naqoura and Baalbek.

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