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UN Security Council Condemns Lebanese Sniper Attack on Israeli

UN Security Council labels Lebanese soldier's shooting death of Israeli soldier "deplorable."
Green arrow indicates the area where the Lebanese soldier shot IDF soldier Shlomi Cohen on Dec. 15, 2013

Green arrow indicates the area where the Lebanese soldier shot IDF soldier Shlomi Cohen on Dec. 15, 2013

The acting United Nations Security Council President Gérard Araud ( France) on Monday, Dec. 16, issued a statement on behalf of the Security Council. In the statement, the Security Council labeled “deplorable” the shooting death of 31 year old Staff Sargent Major Shlomi Cohen, an Israel Defense Forces soldier, by a Lebanese soldier.  The incident occurred the day before, in the north of Israel, near the Lebanese border.

The statement by the Security Council called for “calm and continued restraint by all parties.”

On Monday, the IDF and the Lebanese Armed Forces, along with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) met in order to fully develop the facts relating to the shooting death.

The two parties, according to the Security Council statement, reaffirmed their commitment to “the cessation of hostilities” and expressed their continued commitment to preserving “calm and stability along the Blue Line.”

The Blue Line is the U.N. drawn demarcation line between Israel and Lebanon.

UNIFIL confirmed the Lebanese Government’s preliminary findings indicating that the shooting was an individual action by one Lebanese soldier.

At least the Security Council was more even-handed than many mainstream media accounts the headlines of which screamed: “Israel troops shoot two Lebanese soldiers in border skirmish,” the subheadline reading: “Shooting took place hourse after Israeli soldier was killed by Lebanese sniper on Sunday,” as found in London’s Guardian. The Times (UK) headline was “Israeli troops shoot two Lebanese soldiers in border reprisal.”

The U.N. is hopeful that calm will return to the region.  The shooting attacks violate the UN ceasefire agreement which ended the 2006 Lebanon War, U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701.

 

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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10 Responses to “UN Security Council Condemns Lebanese Sniper Attack on Israeli”

  1. Elaine Fox says:

    Wow- this must be a first

  2. Do you think this will stop the attacks….

  3. If we do the killing is bad…but if they do the killing, then it is ok. the un condemned it…BIG DEAL! send a Mossad team and kill the bastard!

  4. Gene Feldman says:

    Regardless. An Israeli soldier was shot and killed! And once again, No mention that this fictitious "Demarcation Line" is in all actuality a "1947 Cease Fire Line" where no PEACE was ever agreed to by the Lebanese. Because Arabs continue not to recognize Israel's right to exist.

  5. Yechiel Baum says:

    Big deal. Let the UN give the boys parent 20 million dollars as a penalty against UN support of the arabs.

  6. "Big mouth" Netanyahu what are you waiting for?.

  7. Chinese says:

    UN: Ohhhh i fully understand the situation, and i will do nothing about it. Thanks very much Israel for being a trouble maker all the time. A Life for a life.

  8. Chinese says:

    I guess only when Israel becomes ruthless like her enermy and starting to deny the existence right to THE Arabs, by wiping them off the map, then things will start to change. In this world good people or govt usually suffers.

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