UN investigating gun fire exchange at Israel-Lebanon border

Martin Nesirky

The United Nations says it has opened an investigation into a brief exchange of fire that occurred between Lebanese and Israeli forces along their common border.

No casualties have been reported.

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon says the firing has since ceased and the situation in the area is quiet.

Martin Nesirky is the Secretary-General's spokesperson.

"UN peacekeepers immediately responded to the location in order to contain the situation and prevent any escalation. The firing has since ceased and the situation in the area is quiet. No casualties have been reported. UNIFIL has opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of that incident."

The event took place along the Blue Line, a border drawn up by the UN in 2000 to monitor Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon.

Respect for the Blue Line is one of the key provisions of Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the conflict that erupted in 2006 between Israel and the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

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