Israel lodges complaint with UN over killing of soldier near Lebanon border

By REUTERS
December 16, 2013 01:32

 
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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 said.




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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