September 1, 2019 / 7:10 PM / in 2 months

U.S. backs Israel's right to self-defense in Lebanon border tensions

WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Sunday voiced concern about growing tensions on the Israeli-Lebanese border, underscoring its support for Israel and warning Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah to refrain from actions that threatened the country’s security.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Sunday called U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after Israel and Hezbollah exchanged fire along the Lebanon border, Hariri’s office said.

A State Department official declined to speak about any diplomatic discussions, adding, “We are aware of these reports and are concerned about the escalating tensions along the border. The United States fully supports Israel’s right to self-defense.” (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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