An Israeli soldier was killed yesterday by a Lebanese sniper along the Israeli-Lebanese border.
The gunman fired a reported six to seven shots last evening at an Israeli Defense Forces vehicle near Rosh Hanikra. The killer was a part of the Lebanese Armed Forces, the IDF confirmed.
The slain soldier’s identity is unidentified, but an investigation is already underway.
“The IDF has protested this outrageous breach of Israel’s sovereignty with UNIFIL and has heightened its state of preparedness along the border,” said IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.
“We will not tolerate aggression against the state of Israel, and maintain the right to exercise self-defense against perpetrators of attacks.”
He added: “We have no interest in further escalation of violence.”
United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement deploring the killing, but urging caution on both sides.
“We are now trying to determine the facts of what happened and the situation is ongoing,” said Andrea Tenenti, spokesperson for the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon.
“UNIFIL’s force commander is in contact with counterparts in the Lebanese and Israeli army, urging restraint.”
Israel has a violent history with Lebanon, a hotbed of Hezbollah terror cells and the birthplace of a bloody war against the Jewish state in 2006.