Axios: Hezbollah and Israel pledge to reach ceasefire

Axios, citing Israeli officials and knowledgeable sources, said the United States, along with Britain, France, Germany and Italy, intends to announce within a few weeks agreed steps by Israel and Lebanese Hezbollah aimed at reducing tensions. Is. Limit.

The five Western countries are expected to announce potential economic benefits to boost the Lebanese economy in an effort aimed at facilitating a deal with Hezbollah, Axios' sources told CNN.

The website reported that Hezbollah would not be asked to move all of its fighters north of the Litani River, but would only be required to move 8 to 10 kilometers from the border.

Under the agreement, the Lebanese Army will deploy 10 to 12 thousand soldiers on the border with Israel.

Axios revealed that the United States had requested that Israeli fighter flights be stopped in Lebanese airspace, and Israel did not deny the request.

Beirut is ready to reach an agreement

Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib said his country wants to fully implement international resolution 1701. He said after his meeting with French Foreign Minister Stéphane Segournet in Beirut that Lebanon was ready to reach an agreement to stabilize its internationally recognized southern border.

Bou Habib stressed that any escalation by Israel and starting a war against Lebanon would not be a desirable option and would lead to a regional war.

French minister held talks with senior Lebanese officials in Beirut.

The media office of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati quoted Sigourney as saying that her visit to Lebanon comes within the framework of a visit to several countries in the context of international efforts to maintain stability in Lebanon, stopping aggression against the Gaza Strip. , eliminate threats from it, and stop military action on the southern border.

In the same context, the source said that Amos Hochstein, one of President Joe Biden's closest advisers, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister last Sunday to discuss his proposal regarding a new understanding regarding the borders. Met Yoav Galant.

He explained that a ceasefire proposal between Israel and Hezbollah would be “similar to the understanding that ended the 1996 period of fighting.”

Since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, the Lebanese-Israeli border has witnessed tensions and intermittent firing between Israeli forces on one side and Hezbollah and Palestinian factions on the other. These incidents resulted in deaths and injuries on both sides.

Smoke rises during an Israeli air strike on the outskirts of the village of Zibkin on January 28, 2024, in a photo taken from the southern Lebanese village of Majdelzoun, amid cross-border tensions as fighting continues between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group in Gaza. I can see.  (Photo by Kanat Haju/AFP)
Smoke rises after a previous Israeli attack on a town in southern Lebanon (French)

area development

On the ground, Hezbollah announced the implementation of 9 operations against Israeli sites in the Upper Galilee and the occupied Shebaa Farms. The party said it targeted the headquarters of the Beit Hillel battalion affiliated with the Eastern Regional Brigade “769”.

The party said its fighters bombed a gathering of troops in and around Rameem Barracks and the Jal al-Alam site with “Barkan” and “Falak 1” missiles and rocket weapons. They also bombarded with artillery and fired missiles at the sites of al-Marj, Ruwaisat al-Alam, al-Samaqa and Ramtha. On the other hand, Israeli aircraft launched attacks on the cities of Hula, Marwahin, Tayer Harfa and Labouneh area and several border towns. Became victims of Israeli bombing.

Al Jazeera's correspondent reported that a series of explosions rocked the Upper Galilee around the towns of Margaliot and Misgaw Am, near Lebanon's southern border.

In the pictures, a cloud of smoke is seen rising around the Israeli military site Al-Marj.

A resident of the border areas documented the moment a missile landed from southern Lebanon in the Upper Galilee, after which the Israeli army's artillery bombardment on several Lebanese towns intensified. This came after the occupation army announced that two soldiers were injured, which were described as minor, after Hezbollah fired missiles towards Margaliyet.

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