Lebanese and Israeli soldiers traded fire on the border early Monday morning. According to Israeli reports, one Lebanese soldier was killed but there were no other injuries.Israeli soldiers came under fire while performing a military drill in the Mount Dov region of the border, according to reports from Haaretz.
The soldiers returned fire, reportedly killing one Lebanese soldier. The UNIFIL report, however, indicates that fire was exchanged, but there were no injuries or fatalities.
Israeli officials defended the actions of the soldier, but emphasized they have no desire to inflame the border.
This is the first incident of violence on the border since the violent suppression of cross border protests on Nakba Day this year.
The border has been relatively peaceful since the end of Israel’s war with Hezbollah in 2006.
There is a UN Peace Keeper force, UNIFIL, stationed in southern Lebanon.