Since 7 October, clashes between the Israeli army and the Lebanese resistance group have intensified. Photo: EFE.

The United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reported on Saturday that one of its patrols "was hit by fire from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the vicinity of Aytaroun, in southern Lebanon."

Through a statement posted on its X social media account, Unifil explained that the attack occurred around 12:00 p.m. (local time) on Saturday and no member of the mission was injured.

Today at around 12 pm, a UNIFIL patrol was hit by IDF gunfire in the vicinity of Aytaroun, in southern Lebanon.

No peacekeepers were injured, but the vehicle was damaged. This incident occurred during a period of relative calm along the Blue Line.

— UNIFIL (@UNIFIL_) November 25, 2023

UNIFIL recalled that the day before, the head of the mission and UNIFIL Force Commander, Spanish Lieutenant General Aroldo Lázaro, urged those who "exchanged fire along the Blue Line to put an end to this cycle of violence", due to the "devastating consequences" that a new escalation could bring.

"This attack on peacekeepers, dedicated to reducing tensions and restoring stability in southern Lebanon, is deeply troubling. We condemn this act and underline the responsibility of the parties to safeguard peacekeepers, avoiding unnecessary risks for those striving to establish stability," the statement said.

For its part, the Israeli Army confirmed that in the early hours of the morning a surface-to-air missile was shot down that was heading towards a surveillance drone before entering its airspace.

A spokesperson said that in response, "Israel Defense Forces warplanes attacked the terrorist infrastructure of Hezbollah (Lebanese Shiite group). During the incident, an interceptor was also launched."

However, Hezbollah has not claimed responsibility for the attack, and since the implementation of the four-day truce between Israel and Hamas has not announced any action against Israel.

Since 7 October, clashes between the Israeli army and the Lebanese resistance group have intensified.

(Taken from Telesur)