UN Seeks to Clearly Mark Israel-Lebanon Border, After Deadly Clash

Border clash earlier this month erupted when Israeli soldiers pruned a tree both Lebanon and Israel claimed was on their side of the border.

The United Nations peacekeeping force in south Lebanon says it wants to clearly mark the boundary between Israel and Lebanon after a border dispute led to deadly violence earlier this month.

UNIFIL force commander Maj. Gen. Alberto Asarta Cuevas said Thursday he met with representatives of the Lebanese and Israeli armies to discuss the UN-drawn Blue Line boundary.

An exchange of fire between Lebanese and Israeli troops on Aug. 3 killed an Israeli officer, two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist. The violence broke out after Israel tried to cut down a tree that both sides claimed was on their side of the border. The UN later established it was in Israel.

The Blue Line is not marked clearly. A fence Israel erected to separate the countries does not always match the official boundary.

Location of clash on Israel-Lebanon border on August 3, 2010.
AP / Lutfallah Daher