An as-yet unidentified 17-year old boy was herding his family’s sheep in the hills of southern Lebanon yesterday when Israeli gunfire from across the border pierced his body, ending his young life.The killing comes just days after a decision by the United Nations to maintain peacekeeper troops in Lebanon for another six months.

The Lebanese military group Hizbullah has been deployed along the border with Israel since their victory over the Israeli army in 1982, with most Israeli troops withdrawing from Lebanon by 1990.  Israeli troops maintain a presence at She’ba Farms in Lebanon, which many Lebanese believe Israel is attempting to annex as part of Israel.

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Lebanese military group Hezbollah made a statement when the boy first went missing yesterday that Hezbollah would ‘punish the killers’ if the boy turned out to have been killed.