Hezbollah airs video of Israeli barges in disputed maritime area

by | Jul 31, 2022 | World

The group warns Tel Aviv of ‘playing with time’ as a new round of maritime border talks starts between Israel and Lebanon.Lebanon’s Hezbollah has aired a video showing vessels involved in the Israeli offshore oil and gas industry and warned against “playing with time”, underlining its threat of military escalation amid maritime border demarcation talks.
The footage aired on Sunday came as the United States energy envoy, Amos Hochstein, was landing in Beirut to mediate ongoing talks between Lebanon and Israel over their sea borders.
Lebanon claims the Karish gas field is disputed territory under ongoing maritime border negotiations, whereas Israel says it lies within its internationally recognised economic waters.
Lebanese officials have said they are optimistic that this round of talks can result in a deal after years of on-and-off indirect negotiations.
Caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib in a statement on Friday said Hochstein will inform Lebanon of Israel’s response to Lebanon’s June proposal, adding that he was optimistic about reaching an agreement soon.
Meanwhile, Hezbollah has warned it is ready to prevent Israel from extracting hydrocarbons should Lebanon not be allowed to do so.
There was no immediate response to the video from Israel.
The Israeli military earlier this month shot down three Hezbollah unarmed drones flying over the Karish gas field in the Mediterranean Sea.
Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati criticised Hezbollah, saying the move could pose risks to the country.
In an interview last week, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that the armed group can locate and strike Karish …

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