(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Tuesday's exchanges of fire between Israeli and Lebanese forces serve as a reminder of the volatile situation on the northern border.
August 2006, war broke out between Hizbullah and Israel after two IDF
soldiers were kidnapped. UN Resolution 1701, which brought an end to the
war, demanded a complete cessation of hostilities. Since then, however,
there have been several clashes between the two countries.
February 2007, a gunfire exchange took place between the IDF and the
Lebanese Armed Forces. The LAF opened fire without provocation on
Israeli soldiers operating inside Israel to which it responded by firing
two tank shells over the border. There were no injuries on either side.
- In June 2007, a Islamic terror group called "Jihadi Badr Brigades" fired
two rockets from Lebanon into northern Israel, also causing no
- After a year of relative calm, attacks resumed in
January 2009 when three Katyusha rockets were fired from southern
Lebanon, wounding two people and causing severe damage. Israel responded
by firing five shells into Lebanese territory. In the same week, more
rockets were fired by Hizbullah into the town of Kiryat Shmona, causing
February 2009, two rockets were fired from the Lebanese coastal town of
Naqoura into northern Israel, causing one injury. Israel responded by
firing some six artillery shells at the launch area, causing no injuries.
- In September 2009, two rockets fired from Lebanon struck Nahariya and
Kibbutz Gesher Hazir, sparking panic and forcing schools to be
evacuated. In response, the IDF fired twelve artillery shells at the
area from which the rockets were launched.
- A month later, another Katyusha rocket was fired from the Lebanese town
of Hula into northern Israel, causing a fire near Kiryat Shmona. Israel
responded with artillery fire causing no injury or damage.