Israel Holds Lebanon Responsible for Soldier's Murder

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Lebanese government is responsible for Sunday's murder of an Israeli soldier by a Lebanese Army sniper, Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said.

Israel Defense Forces St.-Sgt. Major Shlomi Cohen, 31, who was shot while traveling in an army vehicle not far from an IDF outpost on the northern border, will be buried Monday afternoon in Haifa.

"The IDF officially confirms that an IDF soldier was shot while driving along the Israeli-Lebanese border, near Rosh Hanikra. The soldier was treated at the scene and then evacuated to a hospital. He later died of his wounds," the IDF Spokesman's Office said in a statement.

The incident took place Sunday evening around 8:30 p.m. On Monday, delegations from the IDF and the Lebanese army will meet with UNIFIL peacekeeping forces to investigate early reports that the sniper acted independently.

Ya'alon said Lebanon must take accountability for what happens "on their side of the border."


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