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Israel agrees probe into Spanish soldier's death

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Israel agrees probe into Spanish soldier's death
Spanish soldiers with the United Nations in Lebanon in an armoured emergency vehicle after picking up the body of Spaniard Francisco Javier Soria Toledo. Photo: Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP
22:24 CET+01:00
Spain and Israel have agreed to carry out a joint investigation on the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper who was killed in Lebanon during Israeli shelling near the border, Madrid said on Friday.

The soldier was killed on Wednesday when the Israeli military shelled border areas following a Hezbollah attack that left two Israeli soldiers dead, Spanish authorities said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telephoned his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy "to express his condolences and sadness at the death in Lebanon of Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo", Rajoy's office said in a statement.

"Both leaders agreed to carry out a joint Israeli-Spanish investigation to clarify what happened and to collaborate with the investigation being carried out by the United Nations." 

The 36-year-old corporal was part of the 10,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, UNIFIL, which includes 600 Spanish soldiers. Spain's ambassador to the UN, Roman Oyarzun, told reporters on Wednesday that Soria had been killed by Israeli fire.

Israel responded with air and ground attacks on southern Lebanon after a Hezbollah missile attack killed two Israeli soldiers.

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