Lebanon army says one soldier killed in Israeli shelling on border post
A Lebanese soldier has been killed in Israeli shelling on a military post near the country’s southern border, Lebanon’s army said, the first such death since cross-border hostilities began in October
Three others were wounded, according to an army statement on Tuesday, after the attack on the frontier post on Oweida hill.
“An army military position in the … Adaysseh area was bombarded by the Israeli enemy, leaving one soldier martyred and three others injured,” the statement said.
The attack marked the first time that a member of Lebanon’s armed forces has been killed since the current round of fighting between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza started on October 7.
Since then, Israel and armed groups in southern Lebanon – some 200km (124 miles) from the Gaza Strip, particularly the powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah, have engaged in back-and-forth exchanges across the border that have killed more than 100 people, about 80 of them Hezbollah fighters.
Since Friday, when a truce between Hamas and Israel collapsed, Israeli forces and Hezbollah have exchanged fire across the Israel-Lebanon border daily.
On Tuesday, Hezbollah said that its fighters had attacked four Israeli positions along the border, while Israel said that several missiles launched from southern Lebanon fell in vacant areas.
Lebanon’s National News Agency reported that Israeli forces had shelled and carried out air raids in the area of southern Lebanon near the border.
Despite the steady pace of tit-for-tat reprisals, Israel and Hezbollah have so far taken steps to avoid an escalation that could lead to a large-scale war. Lebanon’s army has not been involved in the fighting.
In late November, a UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon said that its forces had come under fire from Israeli forces, an incident it called “deeply troubling”.
Tens of thousands of people in communities near the borders of both countries have evacuated their homes, fearful that they could be caught up in the middle of an escalation if it eventually takes place.