JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says one Israeli soldier has been killed in a shooting along the northern border with Lebanon.
In a statement, the Israeli army said the Israeli soldier was killed by a sniper from the Lebanese army. An initial IDF assessment, based on data from lookout positions on the border, concluded that a soldier from the Lebanese Armed Forces responsible for firing was acting alone.
Six to seven shots were fired at the IDF soldier who was standing on a road adjacent to the electronic border fence with Lebanon.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the shooting incident, but it raised the possibility of Israeli retaliation.
Earlier, the army said it had protested the shooting with U.N. peacekeeping forces and said it would not “tolerate aggression against the state of Israel.”
“We are sending messages to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon regarding the severity of this incident. There is no indication that an infiltration into our territory occurred,” an army source said. “The IDF is prepared in the North,” he warned.
People’s Pundit Daily will updated the report when more information becomes available, but the shooting occurred around 9 p.m., and Lebanese soldiers were seen immediately grouping on their side of Israel’s northern border.