To our sorrow, Hizbullah repeatedly uses the Lebanese civilian population as human shields for its terrorist attacks.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Israel expresses its deep regret at the loss of innocent life in the campaign against Hizbullah.

Israel will undertake a thorough and comprehensive examination of the circumstances of today’s events in Qana.

During recent weeks Israel has been engaged in defending its citizens from constant attacks by Hizbullah on the towns and cities of northern Israel. Throughout these operations, the Israel Defense Forces has made strenuous efforts to avoid harming Lebanese civilians, which is antithetical to the values of Israeli society. To our sorrow, Hizbullah repeatedly uses the Lebanese civilian population as human shields for its terrorist attacks.

It is important that today’s tragedy not divert the international community from the correct direction of finding a solution to the crisis by means of the complete implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559.

Israel will not agree to return to a situation in which Hizbullah holds the stability of the region hostage.