Israeli Soldier Killed on Lebanon Border

Monday, December 16, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff  

An Israeli soldier was shot and killed along the northern border with Lebanon late Sunday night.

The incident occurred near Rosh Hanikra along the Mediterranean coast. Master Sgt. Shlomi Cohen, 31, was traveling in a non-military vehicle when he came under fire from the Lebanese side of the border.

Lebanese media later confirmed that the attack was carried out by a lone Lebanese army soldier, who managed to get off 6–7 shots before his fellow soldiers stopped him.

Israeli forces immediately responded with fire on a Lebanese army post, wounding one Lebanese soldier. Israel also filed a stern protest with the UN, which supposedly maintains order along the border in question.

The UN said in response that both Israel and Lebanon are cooperating in the investigation into the incident, and urged both sides to “exercise restrain.”

Israel subsequently beefed up its military presence along the border, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist militia also went on high alert should the situation escalate further.

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