French Foreign Minister Urges Lebanon to Avoid Conflict with Israel

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna urged Lebanon and Hezbollah to prevent a third war with Israel along the border between the two countries. She emphasized the need to avoid escalation and is expected to visit Lebanon on Monday. Israel and Hezbollah have been exchanging fire, with Israel hitting weapons launch sites and Hezbollah attacking Israeli army targets. Foreign Minister Eli Cohen accused Hezbollah of seeking to provoke a war and emphasized the importance of ensuring the security of communities along the border. He called for the full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 to prevent a potential conflict. France was urged to play a positive role in preventing a war.