On Thursday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nicky Haley warned that Hezbollah was strengthening its arsenal of weapons, calling on the international community to give the Lebanese Shiite party the necessary attention and pressure him to disarm.
Halley’s statement came after a meeting with UN envoy to Lebanon Sigrid Kag on the eve of a UN Security Council session on a UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.
“Ambassador Halli sounded the alarm about Hezbollah’s arms build-up, a situation that requires the attention of the international community to prevent further escalation in regional tensions,” the US mission said in a statement.
The statement added that the US ambassador stressed that the international community should exert “more pressure on Hezbollah to disarm and stop its destabilizing behavior, especially toward Israel.”
Halley stressed that UNIFIL must “be fully committed to addressing the threat posed by Hezbollah.”
Since 2013, Hezbollah has been openly involved in the war in Syria in support of the regime’s forces along with Iranian, Iraqi and other fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who have been brought by Iran to Syria.
The United Nations rejected at the end of last month accusations by Israel to Hezbollah to expand its observation posts on the border under the guise of an environmental non-governmental organization.
Hezbollah has fought several wars with Israel in southern Lebanon, the latest of which lasted 33 days, killing nearly 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, most of them soldiers.
The war ended with the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, in which the Lebanese army deployed in southern Lebanon, and UNIFIL was strengthened to fully respect the Blue Line, which serves as the boundary between the two countries.