Israeli has been stealing from Lebanon’s offshore oil and gas reserves for years, according to Nawwaf Musawi a member of Lebanon’s parliament . The claim is very similar to charges made earlier by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
Press TV reports: “The Israeli enemy had started drilling for oil more than seven years ago,” said a Sunday statement released by parliament member, Nawwaf Musawi, who is affiliated with country’s resistance movement, Hezbollah.
Musawi said Israel has been violating 860 square kilometers of “Lebanon’s exclusive economic zone,” noting that the Lebanese government is yet to respond to the gross violation.
The statement also noted that the Israeli regime believes it can lay claim to the area while the United Nations (UN) considers it to be a disputed zone between Lebanon and the Palestinian territories.
What the UN position spells out is that all parties should refrain from drilling, exploration or any other form of activity, Musawi added.
He further warned of the possibility that the Tel Aviv regime is using horizontal drilling to access energy reserves that exclusively belong to Lebanon.
“It is the duty of the government to make it a top priority to preserve Lebanon’s oil resources,” he emphasized.
Berri stated in an interview last week that he had received credible information from an unnamed “international scientist” that Israel had begun siphoning off gas from one of Lebanon’s reserves in an area close to the southern border with the Palestinian territories.