Hezbollah warns Israel over gas fields


Published & posted Sun, 13 Jun 2010

With Israel set to lay claim to natural gas fields recently discovered in the Mediterranean, the resistance movement of Hezbollah moves to warn Tel Aviv against extracting from Lebanon's resources.

Hezbollah's Executive Council Chief Hashem Safieddine said on Saturday that the movement would not allow Israel to loot Lebanese gas resources.

The remarks come as earlier this week, Lebanese parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri called for speedy action by the government to begin exploring its options in the newly discovered field off the northern port of Haifa.

"Israel is racing to make the case a fait accompli and was quick to present itself as an oil emirate, ignoring the fact that, according to the maps, the deposit extends into Lebanese waters," Berri said.

"Lebanon must take immediate action to defend its financial, political, economic and sovereign rights," he was quoted as saying by AFP.