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Israel's anger over UK diplomat's Hezbollah claims

Israel has submitted a formal complaint to Britain after the UK ambassador to Lebanon said that Europe's decision to blacklist Hezbollah was not because of its behaviour towards Israel.

Jerusalem claimed that Tom Fletcher's remarks would encourage future attacks on Israeli civilians.

In an interview with Al-Monitor, a Middle East online news source, Mr Fletcher said: "There has been a lot of distortions on that subject .. I invite people to look at the facts: there was an attack inside Europe and it killed people. We do not accept terrorism in Europe."

The bus in the 2012 blast which Tom Fletcher has said was the motivation behind Europe's decision to blacklist Hezbollah. Credit: Reuters

Mr Fletcher was referring to a bus bombing that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian driver at the Black Sea city of Burgas in 2012.

The decision to add Hezbollah to the European Union terror list last month was because of this attack, he said.

Cars on fire at site of large explosion in Beirut

Footage from a Lebanese news agency shows the aftermath of a large explosion in a southern suburb of Beirut.

A car is on fire after a blast in southern Beirut Credit: Reuters

A number of cars are still on fire but the scale of the damage to the Hezbollah building is not yet visible.

Crowds gather around the site of the exposion Credit: Reuters


Hague: Hezbollah listing shows EU 'united against terror'

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the European Union's agreement to add Hezbollah's military wing to its terror list show the EU "stands united against terror attacks":


Britain asks EU to put Hezbollah on terrorist group list

Britain has formally asked the European Union to put the military wing of Islamist group Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organisations, an EU diplomat has said.

The bus damaged in a bomb blast outside Burgas Airport in July last year. Credit: REUTERS/Interior Ministry/Handout (BULGARIA)

Britain'smove comes after Bulgaria accused the Lebanese militant movement on February 5 ofcarrying out a bomb attack on a bus in the Black Sea city of Burgas that killedfive Israelis and their Bulgarian driver in July last year.

Terry Waite meets Hezbollah leaders for 'reconciliation'

Terry Waite has met with Hezbollah leaders for a 'reconciliation with the organisation that was responsible for his kidnapping 25 years ago.

Last week, Mr Waite returned to Lebanon, a quarter of a century after he was seized in 1987 and held for almost five years.

While in captivity he was chained to a radiator, regularly beaten and subjected to a mock execution.

In a secretly arranged rendezvous in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut, Mr Waite held two-hour talks with Ammar Moussawi, one of the groups most senior figures, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

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