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U.N. Security Council slams border killing of Israeli soldier
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) troops are seen on their military vehicles in the town of Naqoura, in southern Lebanon near the border between Lebanon and Israel December 16, 2013.REUTERS/Haidar Hawila
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) troops are seen on their military vehicles in the town of Naqoura, in southern Lebanon near the border between Lebanon and Israel December 16, 2013.REUTERS/Haidar Hawila
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BEIRUT: The United Nations Security Council condemned Tuesday the recent shooting on the Israeli-Lebanese border that led the killing of an Israeli soldier and raised tensions in the area.

“The members of the Security Council deplored the shooting of an Israel Defense Forces soldier by a Lebanese Armed Forces soldier, on December 15 in the vicinity of the Blue Line at Naqoura, and called for calm and continued restraint by all parties,” the body said in a statement.

“[Members] further underlined that it remains a serious contravention of the existing operational rules and procedures as related to [United Nations Security Council] Resolution 1701,” the statement said, referring to the 2006-brokered deal that ended the July-August war between Lebanon and Israel.

Lebanon has attempted to defuse tensions with the Jewish state following the weekend shooting along the border that led to the death of an Israeli soldier.

In a statement Monday, the Lebanese Army said the shooting in the border area of Ras Naqoura Sunday night resulted from an individual action by a soldier.

The United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon, following a tripartite meeting Monday in Naquora with representatives from both sides, also said the Lebanese soldier had acted alone.

The Security Council noted UNIFIL had confirmed the Lebanese government’s preliminary findings that soldier acted on his own accord.

It also welcomed the tripartite meeting and “the reaffirmation by the parties of their commitment to the cessation of hostilities and of their interest in preserving calm and stability along the Blue Line.”

“Council members also welcomed the reaffirmation by the Lebanese authorities of their full commitment to resolution 1701,” the statement also said.

The Council also said it looked forward to the completion of UNIFIL and Lebanese’s investigations into the incident.

 
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