Israel reportedly contracted the Halliburton Company to provide drilling evaluation for Gas and Oil in the so-called Karish Field in the maritime boundary area with Lebanon.
Lebanon’s representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Amal Mudallali, submitted a letter of complaint to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the President of the Security Council, Geraldine Byrne Nason.
In that letter, Lebanon demanded that the Security Council ensures that the Israeli drilling process isn’t located in the disputed area in order to avoid any attack on the rights and sovereignty of Lebanon.
It also called to prevent any future drilling in the disputed area to avoid steps that might pose a threat to international peace and security.
Karish is a natural gas field located 100 km from the Israeli coast, about 75 km off the coast of Haifa, and that was discovered in July 2013.
Proven gas reserves in the field are estimated at 1.3 trillion cubic feet. Capacitors estimated at the field reach 12.7 million barrels, according to Israeli partners in the exploration project and Avner Gas and Oil.
Back in June 2021, Israel challenged Lebanon by announcing the signing of gas exploration agreements in the disputed region unilaterally.
The challenge reportedly aimed to pressure Lebanon to resume negotiations with Israel, as well as to test Lebanon’s intentions and reactions at steps by Israel to seize the Lebanese gas.