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Israel warns Hezbollah attack on gas field may mean war

YnetNews.com reports: “Israel on Monday warned Lebanon’s Hezbollah any attack on its gas assets could spark war, after the terrorist group threatened to ‘sever’ Israel’s hands if it taps a disputed offshore field.

The warning from Defense Minister Benny Gantz comes amid lengthy negotiations between the eastern Mediterranean neighbors to settle a dispute over their maritime border.

Tensions spiked in June when a production vessel chartered by Israel arrived near the Karish offshore gas field, which Lebanon claims is within contested waters.

Israel said on July 2 that it had downed three drones launched by Hezbollah toward Karish.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on August 9 that ‘the hand that reaches for any of this wealth will be severed’.

Asked if any attack by Hezbollah against an Israeli gas field could lead to war, Gantz said: ‘Yes, that could trigger a reaction’…”

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