UN mission calls for caution after two men killed near Lebanon-Israel border

10 December 2003

The United Nations peacekeeping mission monitoring the Israeli-Lebanese border has called for all parties in the area to exercise caution after Israel’s Defence Force reported to the mission that it shot and killed two armed men who were approaching the technical fence along the border.

The two men killed were handed over to Lebanese authorities by Israel through the UN earlier today, a spokesman for the UN, Fred Eckhard, told the daily briefing in New York.

The men – who were shot as they crossed the Blue Line from the Lebanese side near the village of Ghajar – were Lebanese civilians who were reportedly carrying hunting guns.

Mr. Eckhard said that General Lalit Tewari, Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has been operating in southern Lebanon since 1978, had expressed his anguish over the shooting incident and urged all parties to “exercise caution and prudence in the charged atmosphere prevailing along the Blue Line.”


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