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.
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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.
An Israeli army patrol working on the border with Lebanon came under fire Thursday and returned fire. No on was injured in the exchange.
The soldiers were on patrol near Metullah, which borders Lebanon.
The IDF is investigating but said that the source of the shooting could have been hunters on the other side of the border.
The incident occurred less than a week after an explosive device detonated on the side of the road near the Syrian border in the Golan as an IDF patrol was passing by. The attack, believed to be directed at the patrol, damaged an IDF jeep.
Hezbollah supreme leader Hassan Nasrallah for the first time has accused Saudi Arabia of hunting down his terrorist organization. He blamed the kingdom for an attack two weeks ago on the Iranian embassy in Beirut, where 23 people were killed. An Al Qaeda-linked group previously has taken responsibility for the suicide bombings.
Nasrallah also blamed Saudi Arabia for similar attacks on Iraq.
His accusations on Tuesday were followed on Wednesday with his blaming Israel for the assassination of one of Hezbollah’s most senior terrorists, who was gunned down in Beirut, as reported here.
Deadly clashes between pro and anti-Assad forces in Tripoli forced Lebanon on Monday to place Tripoli under army control for six months, the first time the military has taken command over a city since the 15-year civil war that official ended in 1990.
At least 12 people were killed and 100 wounded in the northern city since Saturday as Sunni Muslim fought with Alawite supporters of Syrian President Bassar al-Assad.
The Salafist movement in northern Lebanon warned, “We will work on foiling this decision politically for the sake of Lebanon, its security and stability.”
Two IDF paratrooper officers suffered injuries in a training accident on Mount Dov, on the Hermon Mountain near the border with Lebanon Tuesday.
Wounds to one of the officers were described as moderate, and the other office was wounded lightly. Both men were flown by helicopter to the Rambam Hospital in Haifa.
The IDF is investigating the incident.
Al Qaeda took responsibility for the double bombing at the Iranian embassy in Beirut Tuesday morning, minutes after Iran accused Israel of begin behind the explosions that killed an Iranian diplomat and at least 22 others.
The Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, Ghadanfar Roknabadi, said it was an “Israeli scheme” and that the attacks served the “Zionist entity.”
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, linked with Al Qaeda, said it was behind the bombings, one set off by a motorcyclist and the second detonated by a suicide car bomber whose vehicle carried 200 pounds of TNT. At least 146 people were wounded. Among the fatalities was Ebrahim al-Ansari, the cultural attaché of the embassy.
Regardless of who was behind the attack, it was a serious breach of security in the heavily guarded and Hezbollah-controlled area of Beirut where the embassy is located.
The car bomb exploded only 30 feet from the building.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah told supporters in Beirut’s suburbs Thursday, “We won’t bargain our presence in Lebanon, Syria and the axis of resistance for some ministerial portfolios” to form a new Lebanese government.
He said he is defending Syrian President Bassar al-Assad because he backs the “resistance” against Israel.
Nasrallah appeared in public, a rare occurrence, instead of beaming his message through video links. He spoke in a Beirut suburb as hundreds of thousands of people were celebrating a Shi’ite Muslim festival.
Hezbollah has helped Assad push back the opposition in the civil war but has paid a price, with hundreds of casualties and unprecedented criticism for dragging Lebanon, already dominated by pro-Syrian elements, deeper into the conflict.
The Lebanese government was dissolved seven months ago, and the civil war already has spilled over into the country, raising fears of a repeat of the former 15-year-old civil war in Lebanon.