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UN chief reluctant to point fingers

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday he is profoundly concerned by escalating tensions between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah and that U.N. peacekeepers are working to calm the situation and prevent miscalculation.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Reuters/Louisa Gouliamaki

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday he is profoundly concerned by escalating tensions between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah and that U.N. peacekeepers are working to calm the situation and prevent miscalculation.

"One rash move - one miscalculation - could trigger a catastrophe that goes far beyond the border, and frankly, beyond imagination," he told reporters. "Let's be clear: The people of the region and the people of the world cannot afford Lebanon to become another Gaza."

On would like to remind Mr. Guterres, who always has simplistic ideas, that the escalation at the border between Lebanon and Israel is solely the responsibility of Hezbollah and Iran, with some blame on the Lebanese government, which is completely captive to the mullahs in Tehran.

He should take his plane to Iran and ask the leaders of that country to stop the provocations at the border.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Mena Today 

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