A group of opposition and independent members of the Lebanese parliament have called for a state of emergency in southern Lebanon to prevent a possible war with Israel.

"A roadmap is needed to reduce tensions and spare Lebanon a war that the Lebanese people do not want and that the legitimate Lebanese authorities did not choose to wage," the parliamentarians stated.

The army is expected to take control of southern Lebanon. "It will have to put an end to all unauthorized military activities," said MP Ashraf Rifi, referring to Hezbollah's actions.

Expressing solidarity with the residents of Gaza, Rifi emphasized that the majority of Lebanese oppose participating in a conflict unrelated to them and called for separating the Palestinian and Lebanese arenas.