War fears grow as suspected Israeli aircraft strike Lebanon
BEIRUT — Lebanese and Iraqi politicians denounced Israeli strikes on their territory as a “declaration of war” on Monday as a suspected Israeli aircraft struck another Iran-linked target in Lebanon, marking a new escalation in tensions.
The attack on a Palestinian facility in eastern Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley was the fourth in the space of just a little over a day to hit locations tied to Iranian-backed groups in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.
Israel has acknowledged only the strike in Syria, carried out late Saturday night by warplanes against an Iran-linked military base southeast of Damascus. The Israeli military said the strike thwarted a plot by Iran’s elite Quds Force to attack Israeli territory using multiple exploding drones. There was no independent confirmation that such a plan existed.
The other apparent Israeli attacks targeted a Hezbollah media office in Beirut’s southern suburbs early Sunday morning and the convoy of a militia commander in the western Iraqi province of Anbar in the afternoon.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun told the U.N. Special Envoy for Lebanon that he regarded the apparent Israeli drone attack on the Hezbollah office in Beirut as a “declaration of war” that violated the U.N.-backed agreements that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah.
Similar language was used by one of the biggest blocs in Iraq’s parliament, the Iran-allied Fateh coalition, which called the strike that killed a commander and at least one other militia member of the Kataeb Hezbollah group a “declaration of war.”
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