Israel denies involvement in explosion at Lebanese border that injured UN workers

Credit: AP

Three United Nations observers and a language assistant were injured in an explosion while patrolling the line that divides Lebanon and Israel, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has said.

They were evacuated from the area for medical treatment.

The origin of the explosion is still under investigation, UNIFIL said, and Israel denied any involvement.

The military observers are part of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, which supports the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon.

Reuters earlier reported that an Israeli strike had hit a car carrying UN observers outside the border town of Rmeish, citing two security sources, but the Israeli Defence Forces denied the allegations on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"Contrary to the reports, the IDF did not strike a UNIFIL vehicle in the area of Rmeish this morning," the Israeli military wrote.

UNIFIL repeated its call for "all actors to cease the current heavy exchanges of fire before more people are unnecessarily hurt."

"All actors have a responsibility under international humanitarian law to ensure protection to non-combatants, including peacekeepers, journalists, medical personnel, and civilians," it said in a statement.

The blast came as clashes between the Israeli military and Hezbollah militants escalated in recent weeks.

A general view of a base of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) at the Lebanese-Israeli border. Credit: AP

Both sides have been exchanging fire since the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza broke out, propelling concerns that the near-daily clashes along the border could escalate into a full-scale war.

ITV News was unable to independently verify the source of the explosion.

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