Israel: 1 soldier killed along Lebanon border

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Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 15 at 9:34 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says an Israeli soldier was killed by a Lebanese army sniper late Sunday as he drove along the border.

The shooting is drawing Israeli threats of retaliation.

The shooting near Rosh Hanikra raised the possibility of renewed fighting in the volatile area, which has remained mostly quiet since a month-long war in the summer of 2006. Hezbollah, the guerrilla group that waged the war seven years ago, did not appear to be involved in Sunday's incident.

Lebanon's National News Agency confirmed the shooting by member of the Lebanese army. It's not clear why the soldiers opened fire. The Lebanese army has opened fire in the past after saying Israeli soldiers had tried to infiltrate.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, says Israel has protested "this outrageous breach of Israel's sovereignty" with U.N. peacekeeping forces and has heightened its state of preparedness.

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