Israeli soldier killed at Lebanese border

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An Israeli soldier patrolling Israel’s border with Lebanon was killed by what is believed to be a rogue Lebanese soldier.

Master Sgt. Shlomi Cohen, 31, of Afula, was killed Dec. 15 when the Lebanese soldier fired at an Israeli army patrol near Rosh Hanikra.

Israeli reports say several Lebanese soldiers attempted to stop their fellow soldier, jumping on him as he began shooting.

The Lebanese soldier, who went missing after the incident, turned himself in to his base the next morning, according to media reports in Lebanon.

Several hours after the incident, Israeli troops shot and injured two Lebanese soldiers after seeing “suspicious movement” along the border, according to an Israeli military spokesperson.

Both the Israel Defense Forces and the Lebanese army said they are investigating the incident that led to the death of the Israeli soldier. Israel also protested the incident to UNIFIL, the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, which secures the border with Israel. — jta