August 26, 2019 / 1:48 PM / 21 days ago

Lebanon's Aoun says Israeli drone strikes like a declaration of war

FILE PHOTO: Lebanese President Michel Aoun attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall in Moscow, Russia March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Pool/File Photo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun said on Monday his country had a right to defend itself after Israeli drone strikes that were like a “declaration of war”.

“What happened was similar to a declaration of war which allows us to resort to our right to defending our sovereignty,” Aoun’s office quoted him as saying on Twitter.

Two drones crashed early on Sunday in Beirut’s southern suburbs, which are dominated by Hezbollah, prompting the Iran-backed movement to warn Israeli soldiers at the border to await a response.

Reporting by Ellen Francis

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