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Hezbollah Airs Footage Of Israeli Barges In Disputed Gas Field

Hezbollah of Lebanon highlighted the tension at the center of maritime border negotiations between Israel and Lebanon on Sunday by airing drone footage of Israeli ships near a disputed gas field in the Mediterranean Sea. The talks are being mediated by the US.

The video was released as Amos Hochstein, a US energy envoy, touched down in Beirut to mediate ongoing negotiations between Israel and Lebanon over their maritime borders. Israel asserts that the Karish gas field is located within its internationally acknowledged economic seas, while Lebanon asserts that it is contested territory under ongoing maritime border negotiations.

In a statement released on Friday, acting foreign minister Abdallah Bou Habib said Hochstein will tell Lebanon of Israel’s reaction to Lebanon’s June proposal. He also expressed optimism that a deal would be reached soon.

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Israel didn’t respond to the footage right away.

The barges from the drone reconnaissance footage over the Karish gas field were shown along with their coordinates on the Iranian-backed party and militia’s al-Manar television. The program concluded with footage of a rocket with the Arabic and Hebrew words “within range.”

Three unarmed Hezbollah drones were shot down by the Israeli military earlier this month when they were flying over the Karish gas field in the Mediterranean Sea. Najib Mikati, the interim prime minister of Lebanon, slammed Hezbollah over the action, saying it might be dangerous for the nation.

The militant group can find and attack Karish and any other Israeli gas field, according to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who made this claim in an interview last week.

Hochstein said that the Lebanese government took “a very strong step forward” by presenting a more unified stance after his most recent visit in June, and he expected that there might be progress toward reaching a settlement.

Both nations claim a portion of the Mediterranean Sea that measures around 860 square kilometers (330 square miles), and the two have been formally at war since Israel’s founding in 1948. Lebanon, which is struggling with the greatest economic crisis in its recent history, aims to take advantage of offshore gas deposits.

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Hezbollah of Lebanon highlighted the tension at the center of maritime border negotiations between Israel and Lebanon on Sunday by airing drone footage of Israeli ships near a disputed gas field in the Mediterranean Sea. The talks are being mediated by the US.

The video was released as Amos Hochstein, a US energy envoy, touched down in Beirut to mediate ongoing negotiations between Israel and Lebanon over their maritime borders. Israel asserts that the Karish gas field is located within its internationally acknowledged economic seas, while Lebanon asserts that it is contested territory under ongoing maritime border negotiations.

In a statement released on Friday, acting foreign minister Abdallah Bou Habib said Hochstein will tell Lebanon of Israel’s reaction to Lebanon’s June proposal. He also expressed optimism that a deal would be reached soon.

READ MORE: Protesters Camp At Iraqi Parliament For Second Consecutive Day

Israel didn’t respond to the footage right away.

The barges from the drone reconnaissance footage over the Karish gas field were shown along with their coordinates on the Iranian-backed party and militia’s al-Manar television. The program concluded with footage of a rocket with the Arabic and Hebrew words “within range.”

Three unarmed Hezbollah drones were shot down by the Israeli military earlier this month when they were flying over the Karish gas field in the Mediterranean Sea. Najib Mikati, the interim prime minister of Lebanon, slammed Hezbollah over the action, saying it might be dangerous for the nation.

The militant group can find and attack Karish and any other Israeli gas field, according to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who made this claim in an interview last week.

Hochstein said that the Lebanese government took “a very strong step forward” by presenting a more unified stance after his most recent visit in June, and he expected that there might be progress toward reaching a settlement.

Both nations claim a portion of the Mediterranean Sea that measures around 860 square kilometers (330 square miles), and the two have been formally at war since Israel’s founding in 1948. Lebanon, which is struggling with the greatest economic crisis in its recent history, aims to take advantage of offshore gas deposits.

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