UN peacekeeper killed in southern Lebanon amid border clash

Maximum restraint urged to prevent escalation

BEIRUT - A UN peacekeeper was killed Wednesday in southern Lebanon, a spokesman said, as Israel shelled areas near the border after Hezbollah targeted its vehicles.
"We can confirm that one UNIFIL (UN Interim Force in Lebanon) peacekeeper was killed. As a matter of policy, we do not give the nationality until the family is informed," spokesman Andrea Tenenti said.
He was unable to specify the source of fire that killed the soldier.
"UNIFIL Force Commander Major General Luciano Portolano is in close contact with all the parties, urging maximum restraint to prevent an escalation," Tenenti added.
UNIFIL has been deployed in southern Lebanon since 1978.
Its ranks were reinforced after the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, which killed 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.