Security Council condemns shooting death of IDF soldier near Lebanon border

15-member body says that a UN investigation confirms Lebanese soldier acted on his own volition and opened fire at IDF soldier.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 17, 2013 07:39
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Slain IDF soldier Shlomi Cohen

Slain IDF soldier Shlomi Cohen 370. (photo credit: Facebook)

 
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Slain IDF soldier Shlomi Cohen Photo: Facebook

The United Nations Security Council released a statement late Monday condemning the shooting death of an Israeli soldier near the border fence with Lebanon.

The 15-member body said that a UN investigation confirmed that a Lebanese soldier had acted on his own volition and opened fire at an IDF non-commissioned officer who was in his vehicle at the time the shots were fired.

The Council said it was "a serious contravention of the existing operational rules and procedures as related to resolution 1701," a reference to the resolution which effectively ended the Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah in August 2006.

A day after

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that both the IDF and the Lebanese military were cooperating with the investigation, though he urged both sides to maintain calm.

Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Israel Ziv, former head of the Operations Branch in the IDF, told Army Radio on Monday morning that the IDF will have to examine how Cohen was permitted to drive alone at night near the frontier.

“The chances of Hezbollah [being responsible] are very low.

This does not fit in with their pattern, it’s not in their interest and it didn’t occur in an area they are active in,” Ziv said.

“What was the motivation of the [Lebanese] soldier? All options could be true. The Lebanese army also does not have an interest in this happening,” Ziv said.

He said that the Lebanese Armed Forces, which has limited capabilities but strong discipline and internal order, will investigate the shooting.

Yaakov Biton, a relative of Cohen, described him as a “modest, quiet guy, very dedicated to his wife and daughter.”

Weeping quietly while speaking to Army Radio, Biton said Cohen leaves behind his wife, Ma’ayan, and a daughter who will turn one next month.

The young family had bought an apartment and planned to move soon.

“All of these plans are gone now,” Biton said.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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