PARIS, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — France on Friday condemned the rocket attacks launched on August 22 from southern Lebanon into Israel, deputy spokesman of the French foreign ministry Vincent Floreani said on Friday.
“It (France) calls for restraint in order to prevent any possibility of escalation and for compliance with UNSCR 1701,” the spokesman addressed at a press briefing.
Four rockets were launched from southern Lebanon into northern Israel on Thursday afternoon, the first time since 2011, breaking the short-lived calm in the volatile region.
Hours later, the Israeli air force bombed a Lebanese target near Na’ameh in retaliation.
Media reports said the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al-Qaeda-linked group, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Thursday urged Lebanese and Israeli armed forces to exert utmost effort to practice self-control and prevent any escalation of the current situation.