UN chief: Hezbollah drone launch 'reckless'

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Posted: Oct 18, 2012 4:17 PM
UN chief: Hezbollah drone launch 'reckless'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling Hezbollah's drone launch into Israeli airspace a "reckless provocation."

In a report given Thursday to the Security Council, Ban also criticized Israel. He said its use of drones and fighter jets in Lebanese territory violates Lebanon's sovereignty.

The U.N. chief said he has told Lebanon's leaders that militias like Hezbollah pose serious risks "to the stability of the country and the region." He called on Hezbollah to disarm.

Ban said the drone launched by Hezbollah earlier this month was "a reckless provocation that could lead to a dangerous escalation threatening Lebanon's stability." Israeli forces intercepted the drone.

Lebanon has been destabilized by Syria's civil war, with cross-border clashes and shelling, arms smuggling, and assassination attempts, Ban said. He added that he was concerned about reports of Hezbollah's activities in Syria.