IDF on Lebanese border 248.88.
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Israeli and Lebanese forces clashed along the northern border Tuesday. Lebanese
reports said the conflict began when an IDF patrol attempted to uproot a tree on
the Lebanese side of the border. Israeli artillery fired on Lebanese positions,
and two Lebanese soldiers were reported wounded in the incident.
called on the IDF and the LAF to exercise "maximum restraint" after the
Israeli reports had said the soldiers were on a routine patrol, operating past
the border fence, but within Israeli territory, since the fence does not always
exactly parallel the border.
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Lebanese President Michel Suleiman called on the country to "stand up to Israel's violation of UN Resolution 1701 - whatever the cost." Resolution 1701 brokered the cease-fire which ended the 2006 Lebanon War.
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
A Lebanese officer said after the initial clashes, an
Israeli tank fired a shell at the village of Adaysseh.
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