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IDF opens fire at UNIFIL patrol in southern Lebanon – spokesman

The incident occurred in the border region of Aitrun

BEIRUT, November 25. /TASS/. A UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrol car came under fire from the Israeli troops near Aytaroun, UNIFIL Spokesman Andrea Tenenti said on his Telegram channel.

"Today at around 12 pm [local time - TASS], a UNIFIL patrol was hit by IDF gunfire in the vicinity of Aytaroun, in southern Lebanon," the spokesman said. "No peacekeepers were injured, but the vehicle was damaged."

According to Tenenti, the incident occurred during a period of relative calm along the Lebanese-Israeli border after the announcement of a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip on November 24.

" This attack on peacekeepers, dedicated to reducing tensions and restoring stability in south Lebanon, is deeply troubling," the spokesman said. " We condemn this act and underscore the parties' responsibility to safeguard peacekeepers."

On November 24, UNIFIL Commander General Aroldo Lazaro Saenz called on to "stop the cycle of violence" at the border, underscoring that "further escalation will have devastating consequences."

The last conflict between the IDF and the Hezbollah militia took place in 2006 in southern Lebanon. The UN Security Council Resolution 1701 imposed a ceasefire regime at the border, with 12,000 peacekeepers from 36 states monitoring it.