Israel Says Soldier Killed on Lebanon Border, Fires Retaliatory Shots at General Security Post

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A Lebanese soldier opened fire Sunday at an Israeli vehicle in the Naqoura border area, killing an Israeli soldier, in an incident whose circumstances are still unclear.

And at around 1:00 a.m. Monday, LBCI television said the Israeli army retaliated by opening fire at the Lebanese General Security post at the Ras al-Naqoura border crossing.

The Israeli army "officially confirms that an IDF soldier was shot while driving along the Israeli-Lebanese border, near Rosh Hanikra," the Israeli army said in a statement early Monday. "The soldier was treated at the scene and was then evacuated to a hospital. He later died of his wounds," it added.

"Initial inquiry confirmed that the sniper is a member of the Lebanese Armed Forces," it said.

The incident has not been confirmed by the Lebanese army.

The Israeli military statement said that Israel had protested to the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon.

"The IDF has protested this outrageous breach of Israel's sovereignty with UNIFIL and has heightened its state of preparedness along the border," it said.

"We will not tolerate aggression against the state of Israel and maintain the right to exercise self-defense," it added.

The Israeli military earlier said that a Lebanese soldier had opened fire on an Israeli civilian vehicle near the Mediterranean border crossing at Rosh Hanikra.

Lebanon's National News Agency said “a Lebanese army force opened fire at an Israeli unit on the border, near the Naqoura crossing.”

Lebanese TV networks, including al-Manar, and Arab televisions, including Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, said an Israeli soldier was killed in the shooting.

Al-Manar said an Israeli force tried to infiltrate Lebanese territory in Naqoura, sparking a clash with the Lebanese army.

The TV network said a single soldier opened fire and that “contact with him was lost.”

A military source told MTV that “there are no clashes between the Lebanese army and Israeli army and the situation is under control."

Quoting its correspondent in Jerusalem, MTV said "a Lebanese soldier opened fire at a civilian car that was on the Israeli side of the border, killing an Israeli navy officer who was in it."

Later on Sunday, NNA said the Lebanese and Israeli armies were both on alert on the border and that an Israeli surveillance drone was flying at low altitude over Ras al-Naqoura.

The Israeli newspaper the Jerusalem Post said that according to a preliminary Israeli army assessment, the shots were fired by "a soldier form the Lebanese Armed Forces who apparently was acting alone."

"Six to seven shots were fired at a vehicle, which was located on a road adjacent to the electronic border fence with Lebanon," the newspaper said.

"We are sending messages to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) regarding the severity of this incident. There is no indication that an infiltration into our territory occurred," it quoted an Israeli army source as saying. "The IDF is prepared in the North," he warned.

According to the newspaper, the shooting occurred at around 9:00 p.m. and "immediately afterwards, Lebanese soldiers were seen gathering on their side of the border."

"The IDF has launched an investigation into the cross-border shooting," it said.

Yedioth Ahronoth said the army was probing the border incident “which may have been criminally motivated” and that “Air Force planes are searching the area for infiltrators.”

UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tinenti said that his force was informed about a "serious" border incident and was trying to establish the facts.

"The situation is ongoing and the UNIFIL force commander is in contact with counterparts, urging restraint," he told Agence France Presse.

On Thursday, the Israeli army said that shots were fired across the frontier by what it called Lebanese "hunters". No casualties were reported.

In August, four Israeli soldiers on patrol were wounded in a blast 400 meters inside Lebanese territory, the Lebanese army and a U.N. peacekeeper in the border region said.

Comments 23
Thumb benzona 16 December 2013, 00:18

Conflicting reports. Who to believe?

Thumb ice-man 16 December 2013, 03:08

An official statement will be released by HA soon. Mowaten will read/post it for us when he returns to Beirut today from his village.

Thumb EagleDawn 16 December 2013, 07:35

13 minutes ago VDL (93.3): Lebanese soldier Hassan Ibrahim has opened fire on the Israeli patrol in Naqoura. He disappeared after the incident.

Thumb geha 16 December 2013, 08:01

it would be nice to catch this one to know who is paying him to create a war with Israel.

Thumb cedre 16 December 2013, 00:59

southern take it easy, wait for official reports, even almanar denied their earlier report...

Thumb cedre 16 December 2013, 01:07

idf soldier death confirmed

Missing marwanhadeed 16 December 2013, 09:06

@primesuspect hes right we need to start doing snake hunting

Thumb Maxx 16 December 2013, 02:08

"There are no clashes between the Lebanese army and Israeli army and the situation is under control." Déjà entendu. Is there an uprising against decades of brutal totalitarianism in Syria? Hasan: "Ma fi shi bi Suriyya." Are there kidnapped Lebanese rotting in Syrian prisons? Micho: "Ma fi Libnéniyé bi sujùn Suriyye." Trust a Lebanese peon working against his country and under the payroll of Iran and/or Syria to tell you how beautiful your burning country is. Let's hope this will not also be a déjà vu of 2006...

Thumb Maxx 16 December 2013, 02:39

Well, so let me give it to you: Had you asked me this same question, say, 8 years ago, I would have been on your side and would not have believed that it was anybody but Israel who picked the fight, and would have likewise joined you in denouncing the Israeli aggression a priori. But with all due respect, my Southern brother, but after EVERYTHING that Hizi2 b'Allah has overtly been doing against Lebanese sovereignty in the past few years, after all of the impudent actions that the Iranian Occupation Forces have committed against my country Lebanon - crippling the economy and tourism sector with tentville in Downtown right when Lebanon was reeling from the Hiz-invoked war with Israel, the symbolic burning of Future in May 2008 (to mention nothing of the massacre of innocents that was its prelude) ...

Thumb ice-man 16 December 2013, 03:06

Does this mean that HA will now occupy the Galilee? Better wait for Sayyid's speech this Friday...

Default-user-icon John (Guest) 16 December 2013, 03:53

I think Lebanon will receive a big Christmas present before Christmas eve by Israel.

Missing greatpierro 16 December 2013, 06:37

it seems that the lebanese soldier who has fired and killed an israeli soldier has disappeared. Probably a HA fighter disguised as LAF.

Thumb primesuspect 16 December 2013, 06:40

if israel doesn't have him, then he's a yellow merc.

Thumb ex-fpm 16 December 2013, 06:55

Sounds like a drug deal gone bad.

Missing watan-libnan 16 December 2013, 07:30

Lets see now because of this one scumbag israeli soldier we have to lose 120 innocent lebanese citizens isn't the the standard israeli ratio for revenge.

Thumb cedars2 16 December 2013, 08:32

You see HA its time to support the army and hand over your weapons to it to support it since the reason you are running around with your weapons is the Israeli threat according to the "Taef". How have you deviated from fighting Israel to fighting Syrian children? Maybe get a GPS check your co-ordinates, you are going in the wrong direction!!!

There is no more excuse for your weapons, its the army that is on the border now.

After saying this it will be interesting to hear the M8 BS excuses....
If you have an excuse pls keep it coherent and try to make sense..

Thumb cedars2 16 December 2013, 08:35

If you are truly a resistance party created to protect Lebanons borders then when the Syrian army shell Lebanese areas thats called an act of agression or not? I mean they are killing Lebanese citizens and if youre not a shiite army in disguise then no matter what religion or sect the person is its considered an aggression. sah aw ghalat?

Thumb cedre 16 December 2013, 14:23

who told u they were salafis ?

Missing peace 16 December 2013, 14:31

hezbollah protects whatever suits THEIR interests and NEVER the interests of lebanon ... otherwise they would protect lebanon from the shellings of the syrian army against lebanon and NOT interfere in syria against the STATE's appeal to disassociation....
but of course M8ers turn a blind eye on this and find whatever excuses to defend this mafia as this mafia ensures their political survival! LOL

Thumb chad 16 December 2013, 17:55

you are properly brainwashed my freind..HA is all about defending its land and people, nothing more patriotic. And that s why it's enjoying such a strong support from within.

You can keep lying about it it's not gonna change a thing.

Missing peace 16 December 2013, 21:22

good! but facts deny your comments.... just learn to see them with an objective eye not through the hezbi lies....

Missing peace 16 December 2013, 21:23

attack BOTH when both violates lebanese sovereignty... or double standards applied? LOL

Missing peace 16 December 2013, 21:23

attack BOTH when both violates lebanese sovereignty... or double standards applied? LOL