New York

15 December 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on shooting of an IDF soldier

The Secretary-General deplores the shooting this evening of an Israel Defense Forces soldier by a Lebanese Armed Forces soldier, in the vicinity of the Blue Line at Naqoura, and calls for calm. The Israel Defense Forces and the Lebanese Armed Forces are cooperating with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon to ascertain the facts. The Secretary-General reminds the Lebanese Armed Forces of their responsibilities under Security Council resolution 1701 and strongly urges both sides to exercise restraint.