Israeli commander killed in Lebanon border clash

Wednesday, August 04, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Tuesday's brief, but fierce clash between Israeli and Lebanese army forces along the border separating the two countries did result in Israeli casualties.

Reserve commander Lt.-Col. Dov Harari, 45, from Netanya was targeted and killed by a Lebanese army sniper while directing his troops during routine border maintenance work on the Israeli side of the border. Harari was serving his final stint in Israel's reserve forces before officially retiring from the army. Dozens of family and friends crowded his Netanya home to mourn Harari's murder. He leaves behind a wife and four young children.

One of Harari's deputies, Captain Ezra Lakia, was also targeted and severely wounded by a Lebanese sniper. Lakia suffered several gunshot wounds to the chest, and is currently in critical-but-stable condition.

Lebanon claimed that four of its soldiers were killed when Israel returned fire.

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