U.N. peacekeepers look into blast near Israel-Lebanon border

The U.N. peacekeeping force monitoring the Israeli-Lebanese border said on Wednesday that it has opened an investigation into an incident involving an explosion that injured several Israeli Defense Forces soldiers.

The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon said it was told by the Lebanese Armed Forces that an IDF patrol crossed the so-called blue line that separates the two countries on Tuesday near Labouneh. After crossing the blue line, an explosion occurred in the area.

The UNIFIL launched an investigation into alleged violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, a Lebanese group. The resolution calls for respect for the blue line, the disarming of militias in Lebanon and an end to area arms smuggling.

"A UNIFIL investigation team is currently at the location indicated by LAF," the mission said. "Our effort is to ascertain if any traces of a possible explosion or other activity can be identified on the ground. At the same time, we have asked the IDF to provide us details of any incident in the area as alleged and, if so, its precise location."

Since 1978, UNIFIL has tried to ensure the area between the blue line and the Litani River is free of unauthorized assets, personnel and weapons. The mission also cooperates with the LAF to it fulfill its security responsibilities.