Israeli Soldier Killed Along Border With Lebanon

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia/AP) -

The Israeli military says that a soldier has been killed in a shooting along the northern border with Lebanon, near the town of Rosh Hanikra.

In a statement, the army said the soldier, Hy”d, was killed by a sniper from the Lebanese army.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the shooting incident, and initial reports indicated that the Lebanese soldier may have been acting alone.

Andrea Tenenti, a spokesman for U.N. forces in southern Lebanon, said the U.N. was informed of a “serious incident along the blue line around Ras Naqoura.” He said UNIFIL is in contact with both the Lebanese and Israeli armies, and that they are cooperating.

“The incident happened on the Israeli side of the blue line,” he said, referring to a U.N.-drawn line demarcating the border between the two enemy states.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, said Israel had protested “this outrageous breach of Israel’s sovereignty” with U.N. peacekeeping forces and heightened its state of preparedness.