Three United Nations onlookers and a translator have been injured by shooting in Rmeish, southern Lebanon, the UN peacekeeping mission said.
Three United Nations onlookers and a translator have been injured by shooting in Rmeish, southern Lebanon, the UN peacekeeping mission said.Three United Nations onlookers and a translator have been injured by shooting in Rmeish, southern Lebanon, the UN peacekeeping mission said.

Tensions rise after explosion near Israel-Lebanon border

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Three United Nations onlookers and a translator have been injured by shooting in Rmeish, southern Lebanon, the UN peacekeeping mission said.

Israeli Drone Strike Suspected

An explosion near the Israel-Lebanon border has led to rising tensions between the two countries. Lebanon’s state news agency initially reported that the explosion was caused by an Israeli drone strike, but the Israeli military denied any involvement.

Unifil Peacekeepers Injured

The explosion occurred near a group of peacekeepers from the UN mission Unifil, who were on foot patrol along the UN-demarcated Blue Line separating southern Lebanon from Israel. 

Several peacekeepers were injured in the blast and were receiving medical treatment. Unifil described the targeting of peacekeepers as “unacceptable” and launched an investigation into the incident.

Conflicting Reports

While Lebanon’s National News Agency blamed the explosion on Israeli drones, Israel’s military refuted these claims, stating that the IDF did not strike any Unifil vehicle in the area. The exact cause of the explosion remains under investigation, with conflicting reports from both sides.

Recent Tensions

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The incident comes amid a backdrop of escalating tensions along the Israel-Lebanon border in recent days. Both Israel and the armed group Hezbollah have been engaging in frequent exchanges of fire across the border. 

These tensions escalated following the outbreak of the Israel-Gaza war, which began after a Hamas attack on Israel.

Hezbollah’s Role

Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shia Muslim militant group with close ties to Iran, is seen as a key player in the conflict. The group has been involved in clashes with Israel for decades and is considered a significant threat by the Israeli military. 

Israel’s Defence Minister Yoav Gallant has vowed to increase attacks against Hezbollah in Lebanon, signaling a shift in tactics from defensive to proactive measures.

Calls for Restraint

Amidst the rising tensions, there have been calls for restraint from the international community. The UN has urged both sides to exercise restraint and avoid actions that could escalate the situation further. 

The incident near the Israel-Lebanon border highlights the volatile nature of the region and the ongoing challenges to peace and stability.

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