WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Tuesday voiced "greatest concern" over the deadly military clashes along the Israel-Lebanon border, urging both the Israeli and Lebanese sides to exercise "maximum restraint".
"We deeply regret the loss of life; we urge both sides to exercise maximum restraint to avoid an escalation and maintain the cease-fire that is now in place," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters at the daily press briefing.
The clashes between the two armies, obviously the most serious violence along the border since the war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in 2006, have left some casualties, while the two accused the other side of taking responsibility.
"Our greatest concern is that whatever did happen not be repeated. The region has enough tension as it is. The last thing that we want to see is that this incident expand into something more significant," said Crowley.