Al-Arabiya television channel was the first to report that an Israeli soldier disappeared while doing physical exercise near the border with Lebanon.
Israel notified UNIFIL Friday evening that an Israeli soldier went missing near the Lebanese border
Israel also notified UNFIL that an Israeli boat disappeared yesterday in the Lebanese territorial waters . Israel did not explain what the boat was doing in Lebanese water
Shortly after the news report, bomb flares lit the sky over the border area of Naqoura, where the United Nations Interim Forces in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) is located.
UNIFIL spokesperson Yasmina Bouziane told VOL: So far we still have no reports about the disappearance of an Israeli soldier near the border with Lebanon. She did however confirm that flares were fired over Lebanese territorial waters, but gave no further details.
Unconfirmed Lebanese reports indicated that the missing Israeli soldier might have drowned, explaining why flares were being dropped along the coastal area of Naquoura.
Hezbollah which fought with Israel for 34 days in 2006 over the kidnapping of 2 Israeli soldiers has denied Friday any involvement in the disappearance of the missing Israeli soldier.
Israel reportedly fired flare shells off the town of Naqoura in the south Friday night amid information that an Israeli soldier disappeared while doing physical exercise near the border with Lebanon.
Al-Arabiya TV network said that Israel fired the shells off Naqoura.
Other information said an Israeli soldier drowned on Thursday while doing water sports and Israel is still looking for his body.
UNIFIL spokesperson Yasmina Bouziane told Voice of Lebanon Radio station that U.N. peacekeepers have no information about the disappearance of a soldier and Israel fired the flare shells 4-6 kilometers off the Lebanese coast.