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U.N. urges calm on Israel-Lebanon border

United Nations welcomes investigation into the killing of an Israeli soldier by a Lebanese army sniper

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The United Nations Security Council on Monday condemned the killing of an Israeli soldier amid a cross-border shooting with Lebanon, a U.N. statement said.

The 15-nation body urged for easing tensions with Lebanon and has welcomed a move to investigate the killing, which occurred on Sunday.

Israel has blamed Lebanese troops for the killing.

The Security Council “deplored the shooting of an Israel Defense Forces soldier by a Lebanese Armed Forces soldier” and “called for calm and continued restraint by all parties.”

The U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon said earlier that the killing of the Israeli soldier as he drove near the unofficial border appeared to be “an individual action.”

Israeli troops fired across the border in retaliation but officers from the two sides also met to discuss an investigation.

The U.N. council welcomed statements by the two sides “of their interest in preserving calm and stability” along the border.

U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon has already called for restraint by Israel and Lebanon. A U.N. force has patrolled their border area since a brief 2006 war when Israel entered south Lebanon.

(With AFP)