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Lebanon: Indirect talks with Israel in Ramadan

According to Lebanese sources, indirect talks will soon take place in the conflict between Israel and the Hezbollah militia in southern Lebanon. They would begin at the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, around March 10, Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced yesterday, according to state news agency NNA.

Lebanese officials were considering a proposal from US envoy Amos Hochstein, an adviser to US President Joe Biden, who was in the Lebanese capital Beirut for talks the day before. It was a diplomatic solution between the Hezbollah militia and Israel, it was said.

Since the start of the war in Gaza, following the massacre perpetrated by the Islamic Hamas, an ally of Hezbollah, and other extremist groups in Israel, on October 7 last year, there have been repeated bombings in the Israeli-Lebanese border region. There have been deaths on both sides. Tens of thousands of residents in both countries left their hometowns because of the fighting.

Israeli Defense Minister Joav Galant recently announced that he would increase military pressure on Hezbollah in response to its daily attacks on Israel until the militia withdraws from the border.