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Israeli, Lebanese Forces Clash at Border

Tuesday, 03 August 2010 07:21 AM

Israeli and Lebanese forces clashed along the northern border Tuesday.

The conflict began when Lebanese soldiers opened fire on an IDF patrol. The soldiers returned fire, including with mortars and artillery.

According to initial reports, the soldiers were on a routine patrol. They were operating past the border fence, but within Israeli territory, because the fence does not always exactly parallel the border.

One Lebanese soldier and one civilian were wounded in the exchange, according to al-Jazeera, which said the clashes started after Israeli soldiers reportedly attempted to uproot a tree on the Lebanese side. Other reports said the Israeli soldiers were attempting to plant cameras.

"The Israelis fired four rockets that fell near a Lebanese army position in the village of Adaysseh and the Lebanese army fired back," a Lebanese security official in the area told AFP news agency.

A Lebanese officer said after the initial clashes, an Israeli tank fired a shell at the village of Adaysseh.

UNIFIL leaders called on the IDF and the LAF to exercise "maximum restraint" after the incident.

A spokesman for the international peacekeeping force at the Israel-Lebanon border said "the first priority is to calm the region."

There were reports of a katyusha rocket fired into Israel during the clashes, but the claims were not substantiated by the IDF, which said no known falls had occurred in the area.

The attack came a day after six rockets landed near Eilat, including one in Jordan which killed a man outside Aqaba's Intercontinental Hotel .

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