Israeli soldiers kill Lebanese shepherd; Hizbullah vows to revenge
UN peacekeepers on Thursday retrieved the body of a Lebanese shepherd, a day after he went missing in south Lebanon during Israeli firing in the area, Reuters reported.
The leader of Hizbullah, Hassan Nasrallah, had vowed to avenge the killing before the body of the 17-year-old was located. ''This Lebanese civilian should be quickly returned to Lebanon,'' Nasrallah said Wednesday when the shepherd was still missing and thought to be nabbed by Israeli forces. 'I say now that if this civilian died then the resistance would punish the killers without hesitation or any discussion.''
An Israeli army spokeswoman said an Israeli patrol had ''spotted an armed man who crossed the international border line ... He fired at the troops who then returned fire and identified a hit''.
Blast in Beirut
In another incident in Lebanon, a bomb went off near an army checkpoint in Beirut early Thursday, just hours after a caller claiming to represent al-Qaeda network warned a Lebanese newspaper that an attack would be carried out, Naharnet reported.
The estimated 700 grams to 1 kilogram of explosives wounded a soldier and shattered windows of several apartments and cars, police and witnesses said.