UN Security Council condemnation of Spanish peacekeeper death, fails to condemn Hezbollah

Javier Soria Toledo was killed as Israel responded to a Hezbollah missile attack that killed two IDF soldiers near the border with Lebanon.

February 5, 2015 06:04
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UN Security Council condemnation of Spanish peacekeeper death, fails to condemn Hezbollah

UN Security Council condemnation of Spanish peacekeeper death, fails to condemn Hezbollah


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The UN Security Council "condemned in the strongest terms" the killing of a Spanish UN peacekeeper who was killed last week on the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Before Cpl. Francisco Javier Soria Toledo was killed, Hezbollah fired a half dozen anti-tank missiles at two IDF vehicles, killing two soldiers and wounding seven others.

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The Spanish peacekeeper was killed as Israel responded to the attack of the militant Shi'ite group with air strikes and artillery fire, a UN spokesman and Spanish officials said then.  

The Security Council offered no condemnation of the Hezbollah attack that killed the two Israeli soldiers which set off the Israeli response.

In a written statement, the Security Council expressed its deepest sympathy to the family of the fallen United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeeper  and to the Government of Spain.

The Council said it, "looked forward to the immediate completion of UNIFIL’s full and comprehensive investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the incident."

Following the exchange of fire, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman phoned his Spanish counterpart, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia- Margallo, to express his condolences over the death of the peacekeeper.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzahi Hanegbi said Israel’s relationship with UNIFIL and the Spanish contingent has been excellent and that Israel was investigating and would share the results with Spain.

Hanegbi thanked the Spanish government for its reserved response in light of the tragic event. Israel has not formally taken responsibility for the death.

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