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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, 9:27 p.m.

JERUSALEM — An Israeli soldier was killed by a Lebanese army sniper on Sunday as he drove along the border, the Israeli military said, drawing threats of retaliation.

The shooting near Rosh Hanikra raised the possibility of new fighting in the volatile area, which has remained mostly quiet since a monthlong war in the summer of 2006. Hezbollah, the guerrilla group that waged the war seven years ago, did not appear to be involved in the incident.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, said Israel had protested “this outrageous breach of Israel's sovereignty” with U.N. peacekeeping forces and heightened its state of preparedness.

“We will not tolerate aggression against the state of Israel, and maintain the right to exercise self-defense against perpetrators of attacks against Israel and its civilians,” he said.

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