UN peacekeeper from Spain killed in Lebanon

28th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

A UN peacekeeper from Spain was killed in Lebanon on Wednesday when the Israeli military shelled border areas following a Hezbollah attack that left two Israeli soldiers dead.

A 36-year-old corporal "died this morning during incidents between Hezbollah and the Israeli army in the area of responsibility of the Spanish contingent", the Spanish defence ministry said in a statement.

The soldier was part of the 10,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL), which includes 600 Spanish soldiers.

Spain's Defence Minister Pedro Morenes, who was flying to India for a three-day visit, cancelled the trip and returned to Spain mid-flight, the ministry said.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy expressed on Twitter his "great sadness at the death of a Spanish soldier in Lebanon."

Israel responded with air and ground attacks on southern Lebanon after a Hezbollah missile attack killed two Israeli soldiers.

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