Israel has lodged a complaint with the UN force in
southern Lebanon and had heightened its state of preparedness
along the border in response to the killing of an IDF soldier by a Lebanese military sniper, spokesman Peter Lerner said.
"We will not tolerate aggression against the State of
Israel, and maintain the right to exercise self defense against
perpetrators of attacks against Israel and its civilians," he
Lebanese sources said they had lost contact with the
Lebanese soldier after the shooting, which took place at the
western tip of the border region across which Israel and the
Lebanese Hezbollah militia fought a 34-day war in 2006.
The UN force, UNIFIL, said they had been informed about "a
serious incident" at the border.
"We are now trying to determine the facts of what happened
and the situation is ongoing," spokesman Andrea Tenenti said.
"UNIFIL's force commander is in contact with counterparts in the
Lebanese and Israeli army, urging restraint."
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