Editor's Note: This is a guest article by Lucas Theriault, a US-based international politics student, and long-time follower of crises in the region. Tensions flared on January 28th between Israel and Hezbollah after an ambush of a IDF border troops by Hezbollah with an anti-tank missile. The attack occurred at Shebaa Farms, a 25 square mile disputed territory in the Golan Heights that is claimed by both Israel and Lebanon, but is under Israeli administration. The fighting escalated with shelling from both sides and ended with 2 IDF soldiers dead, 7 wounded, along with a UN peacekeeper from Spain. There has been no official confirmation of how the peacekeeper died from the UN, but Spanish Ambassador to the UN Roman Oyarzun Marchesi told reporters that "It was because of this escalation of violence, and it came from the Israeli side," referring to IDF counter-shelling of suspected Hezbollah positions.
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