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UN Chief Suggests Israel Deliberately Targeted South Lebanon Peacekeepers

UN Chief Suggests Israel Deliberately Targeted South Lebanon Peacekeepers

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has suggested that Israel deliberately targeted a UNIFIL base during hostilities along Lebanon’s southern border.

Condemning the killing of a Spanish UNIFIL peacekeeper who died during Israeli shelling last month, Ban Ki-moon said that “the incident happened at a UNIFIL base which is known perfectly by Israeli forces.”

Press TV report: During the Israeli raid on the Lebanese border, the observation tower of a Spanish UNIFIL position in Abbasieh, one kilometer east of Ghajar, was directly struck by an artillery shell, killing Cpl. Francisco Javier Soria Toledo.

A report submitted to the UN Security Council on Friday by the UN’s Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag held the Israeli regime “fully liable for the death of the peacekeeper.”

Israel launched the attack after Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah targeted an Israeli military convoy in the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms on January 28, killing two soldiers and wounding several others while destroying at least nine Israeli military vehicles.

The attack by Hezbollah was launched in response to an Israeli airstrike in the town of Qunaitra in Syria’s Golan Heights 10 days earlier, which killed several top members of the Lebanese resistance movement and an Iranian commander.

The Israeli attack on the UNIFIL post in January was not the first of its kind.