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April 20, 2014 / 20 Nisan, 5774
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Update: Car Bomb Kills Seven in Hezbollah District in Beirut

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

A car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 20 others in a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut Thursday afternoon, the Beirut Daily Star reported.

The site of the blast was only 150 feet from the offices where Hezbollah officials hold regular meetings

Hezbollah is continuing to get a taste of its medicine as Lebanese nationalist escalate their opposition to the terrorist organization that threatens to engulf the country in the Syrian civil war.

The car bomb explosion was the second blast in less than a week.

Last Friday, former Lebanese official Mohammed Shatah and seven others were killed in a car bomb explosion in downtown Beirut, and dozens of nearby parked vehicles sustained damage.

Lebanon Soldier’s Family: Our Son Deserves Medal

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The family of the Lebanon army soldier who shot and killed IDF soldier Shlomi Cohen said that their son deserves a medal for killing an Israeli.

Al-Arabiya is reporting that the soldier is claiming that Cohen, who was driving down the road near the border, was planning to breach the border.

The Lebanese government is saying that the soldier acted on his own.

Al Arabiya reported that the soldier has served in the Lebanese army for 10 year and is considered an excellent soldier.

Cohen’s family is demanding a stronger response in light of the new facts that have come to light, that the Lebanese soldier wasn’t “crazy” as originally claimed, and instead was a stable, career soldier.

Car Bomb Explodes at Hezbollah Post in Lebanon

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

A vehicle rigged with 100 pound of explosives exploded at a Hezbollah post in eastern Lebanon Tuesday and apparently killed one or more Hezbollah fighters, according to the Beirut Daily Star.

Sources said that Hezbollah members removed bodies before Lebanese soldiers arrived.

The Hezbollah-controlled Al Manar channel reported that Hezbollah fighters were trying to intercept the vehicle when it blew up. It was not known if a suicide bomber was inside the vehicle.

A Lebanese legislator blamed Israel for the explosion. “There is no doubt that an Israeli intelligence system is behind these incidents and is cooperating with Lebanese cells, benefitting from the presence of infidels in Lebanon to commit these heinous acts,” he said.

Israeli Planes Fly over Southern Lebanon after Murder of Soldier

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Lebanese media reported that Israeli warplanes carried out surveillance flights over southern Lebanon in Tuesday, as Lebanese, United Nations and Israeli officials try to keep the lid on tensions following Sunday night’s murder of Israel soldier Sgt. Shlomi Cohen by a Lebanese soldier.

The Air Force frequently sends planes into Lebanese air space to monitor Hezbollah terrorist activities.

Lebanese media also reported that its army will prosecute the soldier who “acted on his own” when he opened fire on Sgt. Cohen and killed him.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati described it as “an isolated incident of limited scope,” but a similar “isolated incident” occurred three years ago when Lebanese soldiers shot and killed an Israeli officer and wounded a soldier.

 

Lebanon Says Its Soldier Acted on His Own to Kill Sgt. Cohen

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Lebanese shirked from responsibility for the murder of Sgt. Shlomi Cohen and explained that the Lebanese soldier who shot and killed him acted on his own.

UNIFIL confirmed the Lebanese claim and said, “All the circumstances of this incident are not clear at this time, but preliminary findings indicate that it was an individual action by a soldier in contravention of the existing operational rules and procedures.”

The IDF is conducting its own investigation amid questions of why Sgt. Cohen was traveling alone and in an unprotected vehicle.

Maj. Gen. Paolo Serra, head of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, said that the shooting “must remain an isolated incident.” Serra convened an emergency meeting with Lebanese and Israeli officers after the shooting to ease tensions.

Israel filed a complaint to the United Nations, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the murder.

Israel, Lebanese, Hezbollah, Avoid Confrontation over Shooting

Monday, December 16th, 2013

See: IDF Confirms: Soldier Killed from Lebanon Gunfire

A Lebanese soldier opened fire Sunday at an Israeli vehicle in the Rosh Hanikra border area, killing Israeli soldier Shlomi Cohen, 31. Six to seven shots were fired at the vehicle, which was on a road adjacent to the electronic border fence with Lebanon, on Israel’s side.

The Rosh Hanikra border crossing. Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson's Office

The Rosh Hanikra border crossing. Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Office

At around 1:00 AM Monday, Lebanon’s LBCI television reported the Israeli army retaliated by opening fire at the Lebanese General Security post at the border crossing. the incident had taken place at 9 PM, Sunday.

The incident has not been confirmed by the Lebanese army.

Israel protested to the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, which, apparently, stood by and watched the incident as it was unfolding.

“The IDF has protested this outrageous breach of Israel’s sovereignty with UNIFIL and has heightened its state of preparedness along the border,” the IDF statement said. “We will not tolerate aggression against the state of Israel and maintain the right to exercise self-defense.”

In the 2006 war, which started after Hezbollah terrorists crossed into Israel and captured two Israeli soldiers, about 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis lost their lives. This is the reason the Lebanese media and government are on edge each time there’s a clash at their southern border, lest it blossom into a bigger conflict.

Hezbollah, which has tens of thousands of missiles aimed at Israel, is preoccupied with helping Syrian President Bashar Assad push back the Suni rebels—a move which Israel tacitly approves. So, for now, Hezbollah and Israel are strangely supporting the same side in Syria, and the Lebanese terror organization is not interested in opening a second front with Israel.

Since the last war, the Lebanese border has seen only sporadic violence, with Israel responding with airstrikes and artillery fire following a number of rocket attacks and shootings across the border.

In 2010, a high-ranking Israeli officer was killed by a Lebanese sniper. Israel responded with artillery fire, killing two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist.

Lebanon’s National News Agency said “a Lebanese army force opened fire at an Israeli unit on the border, near the Naqoura crossing.”

Lebanese TV networks, including al-Manar, and Arab televisions, including Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, reported the incident.

The Hezbollah news agency Al-Manar fabricated a story about how an Israeli force tried to infiltrate Lebanese territory in Naqoura, which provoked a clash with the Lebanese army.

But the Lebanese TV network said a single soldier opened fire and that “contact with him was lost.”

A military source told MTV that “there are no clashes between the Lebanese army and Israeli army and the situation is under control.”

The MTV correspondent in Jerusalem reported that “a Lebanese soldier opened fire at a civilian car that was on the Israeli side of the border, killing an Israeli navy officer who was in it.”

Later on Sunday, NNA said the Lebanese and Israeli armies were both on alert on the border and that an Israeli surveillance drone was flying at low altitude over Ras al-Naqoura.

UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tinenti told AFP that his force was informed about a “serious” border incident and was trying to establish the facts. “The situation is ongoing and the UNIFIL force commander is in contact with counterparts, urging restraint.”

On Thursday, the IDF reported shots fired across the border by Lebanese “hunters,” with no casualties.

Last August, the Lebanese army and UNIFIL reported that four Israeli soldiers on patrol were wounded in a blast 400 yards inside Lebanese territory.

IDF Moving Troops to Lebanon Border

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

There are reports that the IDF is moving a large number of troops along the Lebanon border. Hezbollah has gone on high alert in South Lebanon.

IDF Confirms: Soldier Killed from Lebanon Gunfire

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

12:29 AM (Monday) IST: The IDF officially confirmed that an IDF soldier was killed on Sunday by gunfire from Lebanon.

The soldier’s family has been informed.

The name of the soldier is Shlomi Cohen (31). He was married, and without children.

An IDF soldier was killed by sniper fire from Lebanon a short time ago, according to reports in Al Arabiya, The Lebanon Daily Star and other Lebanese news sites. The soldier was reportedly shot near Rosh Hanikra, along the Northern border. Lebanon news sites are claiming that the shooting was done by the Lebanese Army, or by someone wearing a Lebanon Army uniform.

A Lebanese security official told the AFP news agency that no Lebanese Army soldier was involved in the attack.

The IDF spokesperson confirms there was a shooting incident from Lebanon, a complaint was sent to the UN, and that Israel reserves the right to respond to it. There was no mention of an injured or killed soldier, or of an exchange of fire.

According to a more recent IDF update, the soldier was driving a civilian car at the time of the attack. The IDF also confirms that the shooter was a member of the Lebanese Armed Forces.

According to Nahariya Hospital director Dr. Masaad Barhom, an IDF soldier was brought unconscious to the hospital at around 8 PM, after his car had flipped. He had holes in his upper body that appear to be from gunfire or possibly shrapnel. The doctors were unable to save his life.

It would appear the soldier was possibly hit by gunfire, and his car subsequently flipped over.

The UN is confirming that Israel did not breach the border ahead of the attack.

There are reports that the IDF is shooting back into the area in Lebanon where the attack came from.

Three days ago, there was a shooting incident from Lebanon, but no IDF soldiers were hurt in that attack.

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