WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (Xinhuanet)-- The United States on Monday condemned rocket
attacks by Lebanon's armed group Hezbollah against Israel while urging Israel to
exercise restraint in its response.
"We have made it very clear to the Lebanese government that they need to
control the situation in southern Lebanon," said State Department spokesman Sean
Hezbollah reportedly fired mortars and rockets at Israeli troops in a
disputed border area Monday. Israel responded with airstrikes and artillery
shelling of suspected guerrilla hideouts.
Four Hezbollah guerrillas were reportedly killed in the Israeli
The latest Hezbollah attack showed the need of implementing UN Security Council
resolution 1559, which calls for the disarming of militias in Lebanon,
While saying that Israel had a right to self-defense, the spokesman also urged
Israel to use restraint its response to avoide scalating tensions in the
As a military group in Lebanon, Hezbollah played an important role in fighting Israel, which ended its 22 years of occupation in south Lebanon in May 2000. Enditem