Israeli shelling hit one of the patrols of the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon on Saturday. This was reported by the Reuters agency. “We strongly remind the parties of their obligations regarding the protection of peacekeeping personnel,” said UNIFIL representatives. The shooting hit a patrol near the village of Ajtarun near the border with Israel. Israeli authorities have not yet commented on the incident.
The border region between Israel and Lebanon has been tense since the beginning of the war in the Gaza Strip, which was triggered by an attack by militants from the Palestinian radical movement Hamas on southern Israel last month. 1,200 people died during the raid by the radicals.
About 15,000 Palestinians, including several thousand children, have died in retaliatory Israeli bombing and an Israeli army ground operation in the Gaza Strip since October 7, according to authorities in the Hamas-controlled Strip.
Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, which is an ally of Hamas, have been shelling each other in recent weeks in increasingly intense fighting along the Israel-Lebanon border.
UNIFIL has been in Lebanon since 1978 and since 2006, in cooperation with the Lebanese army, it monitors the border with Israel and oversees compliance with the UN Security Council resolution that was passed after the war between Israel and Hezbollah.