Sniper who shot Israeli soldier turned himself in to Lebanese authorities

By Rosa Doherty, December 16, 2013
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Shlomi Cohen

Shlomi Cohen

The sniper who shot dead an Israeli solider on Sunday night has turned himself in to the Lebanese authorities.

IDF and Lebanese army officials are due to meet today alongside UN representatives to discuss the attack.

The Israeli military said the incident happened on the border between the countries, near the crossing at Rosh Hanikra.

In a statement the IDF said: "The soldier was treated at the scene and was then evacuated to a hospital. He later died of his wounds.

"An initial enquiry confirmed that the sniper is a member of the Lebanese armed forces."

Mr Cohen, 31, was hit by a round of up to 10 shots.

An Israeli army spokesman, lieutenant colonel Peter Lerner, said: "We will not tolerate aggression against the state of Israel, and maintain the right to exercise self-defence against perpetrators of attacks against Israel and its civilians."

The Lebanese army is now on high alert in the area.

Mr Lerner protested to the United Nations border peacekeeping force Unifil over what he called an ÔÇťoutrageous breach of Israel's sovereignty".

Andrea Tenenti, a Unifil spokesman, said the shooting happened "on the Israeli side of the Blue Line", referring to the the border between the two countries, as recognised by the UN.

In 2006, Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah fought a month-long war.

Last updated: 10:31am, December 16 2013