Israeli soldier killed on Lebanese border

07 October 2003
An Israeli soldier was killed by Hezbollah fighters near the northern Israeli town of Metullah on 6 October. Israeli military sources announced that the soldier was killed by cross-border fire while patrolling Israel's northern border. Several masked men in Hezbollah uniforms are reported to have approached the border fence and opened fire. Israeli forces returned fire, damaging a UN vehicle and a number of cars, but did not injure anybody. 'Syria is responsible for what is happening here by letting the terror groups act freely,' said an Israeli military source.

The incident followed the death of a Lebanese boy in the village of Houla hours earlier when a missile destroyed a house. There has been no confirmation as to where the missile came from, although Israel claims that it was fired from inside Lebanon.

The international community has criticised Israel for escalating tension in the region following the country's attack on a target inside Syria on 5 October (MEED 6:10:03).

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