Moscow asks Hizbullah to cool it with attacks near Israel

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Russia has made a direct plea to Hizbullah for restraint against Israel.

The request from Moscow came after a Jan. 4 incident in which Hizbullah terrorists set off an explosive device targeting Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops in the Shebaa Farms area near the Lebanon-Israel border.

49b90d2e363d4a60b7ba8b11bd1c37f5_18Hizbullah said the attack on Jan. 4 was retaliation for Israel’s killing in Syria last month of notorious terrorist Samir Kuntar.

Israel responded with artillery fire at Hizbullah positions in southern Lebanon.

Russia requested Hizbullah desist from further “igniting the wick of confrontation” between the Iran-backed terror organization and Israel, according to a report by Al-Arabia.

Late last month, a German official asked Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah to refrain from retaliation for Kuntar’s death. Nasrallah rejected the request.

Russia and Israel have been in direct communication regarding Syrian airspace in order to avoid mishaps between the two countries. While Russian air strikes are supporting Syrian government forces against anti-Assad regime rebels and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists, Israel often targets weapons shipments in Syria that are destined for Hizbullah.

Maj.-Gen. Luciano Portolano, head of the UN peacekeeping for in Lebanon, urged both sides “to exercise utmost restraint against any provocation.”

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