Lebanese shooter who killed IDF soldier detained

(JNS.org) The Lebanese soldier who shot and killed Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Master Sgt. Shlomi Cohen on Sunday was detained, according to Lebanese and Israeli authorities.

“[Lebanese authorities] jailed him, interrogated him, and according to their claims, they will punish him,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said the soldier was not given orders to shoot and acted independently, and would be held accountable for his actions.

Shlomi Cohen’s widow, 26-year-old Maayan Cohen, questioned the circumstances of her husband’s death.

"Why isn’t there a regulation preventing an unaccompanied vehicle from driving next to the border fence?” she told Israel Hayom. “I saw an online video that showed how easy it would be to shoot at anything passing there. This makes me angry. I want to go there, see the vehicle, talk to the doctor and find out everything that happened to Shlomi, and receive answers from the IDF to many questions.”

Posted on December 18, 2013 .