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Spanish PM offers condolences to family of UN peacekeeper

The Spanish Prime Minister has expressed his "deepest sympathy" to the family of the Spanish UN peacekeeper who was killed during fighting near the Israeli/Lebanese border earlier today.

In a Spanish-language tweet, Mariano Rajoy Brey said: "My deepest sympathy on the death of Spanish military in Lebanon . My love and condolences to his family and companions."

Netanyahu: Those responsible for convoy attack will 'pay full price'

Those responsible for the deadly attack on an Israeli military convoy near southern Lebanon "will pay the full price", the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

Mr Netanyahu was speaking ahead of consultations with Israeli security chiefs on further military response to the Hezbollah assault.

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Spanish UN peacekeeper killed in southern Lebanon

Burning vehicles are seen near the village of Ghajar on Israel's border with Lebanon. Credit: Reuters

The United Nations peacekeeper killed in southern Lebanon today was Spanish, Associated Press has reported.

Zeina Karam, AP's Beruit Bureau Chief says that the Israeli ambassador has called Spain's foreign minister today offering condolences for the death of the UN peacekeeper.

The peacekeeper, serving with a UN monitoring force in southern Lebanon, was killed as Israel responded with air strikes and artillery fire, a UN spokesman and Spanish officials said.

Lebanese PM: We are still committed to UN resolution

Lebanon has said that it is still committed to the UN resolution that ended a war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

"The Lebanon reaffirms its commitment to Security Council resolution 1701," Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in a statement published by Lebanon's National News Agency, according to Reuters.

Salam's comments come in the aftermath of a Lebanese Hezbollah group attack on anIsraeli military convoy, which prompted retaliation from Israeli security forces.

United Nations peacekeeper killed in Lebanon

Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah group have been trading fire around the frontier area. Credit: Reuters

A UN peacekeeper has been killed in Lebanon although it is not clear if it is linked to clashes between the country and Israel.

The death was confirmed by a UN spokesman and the organisation said they were "looking into the circumstances of the tragic incident".

Andrea Tenenti, spokesman for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, said the incident happened close to the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms area.

Lebanese Hezbollah group fired a missile at an Isreali military convoy, prompting retaliation.

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Israel: No soldiers captured in Hezbollah attack

No Israeli soldier has been captured by Hezbollah, according to a source who has spoken to Reuters.

Smoke from the excalating tension on the Lebanon Israeli frontier Credit: RTV

Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said: "The rumour of abduction has been ruled out."

He made the statement after Lebanon's national news agency reported that a soldier had been seized.

Lebanon Hezbollah targets Israeli convoy

The Lebanese Hezbollah group has said it fired a missile at an Israeli military convoy, prompting retaliation from Israel, in a significant escalation along the volatile border, Associated Press reports.

Smoke rises after an explosion near the village of Ghajar on the Israeli-Lebanese border. Credit: Reuters

Hezbollah said its fighters destroyed a number of vehicles carrying Israeli officers and soldiers and caused casualties among "enemy ranks".

The Israeli military said an anti-tank missile hit a military vehicle near the Lebanese border. It did not immediately report any casualties, and said residents of the area had been ordered to remain in their homes.

Report: Attacker stabbed nine people on Tel Aviv bus

Police near the scene of the attack in Tel Aviv Credit: Reuters

Israeli news website JPost reports that an attacker stabbed at least nine people on a bus in Tel Aviv today.

The report describes the assailant as a "suspected terrorist" and says that he entered Israel illegally.

Pictures from the scene showed police investigators boarding the bus and a number of ambulances.

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