UN peacekeeper killed in south Lebanon: spokesman

UN peacekeeper killed in south Lebanon: spokesman
Smoke from Israeli shelling covers the Lebanese town of Al-Majidiyah (L) on the Lebanese border with Israel as the town of Al-Ghajar is seen on the right on January 28, 2015.

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.

However, Lebanon's National News Agency reported on Wednesday that a Spanish member of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon was wounded in Israeli shelling, said Reuters.

UNIFIL was not immediately available for comment, it said.

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