Exchanges of fire on Lebanese border

IDF troops kill one man, wound another in an apparent drug smuggling attempt near Ghajar.

ghajar 224.88 (photo credit: Channel 2)
ghajar 224.88
(photo credit: Channel 2)
For the first time since the Second Lebanon War, shots were fired at IDF troops patrolling the Israel-Lebanon border, near the village of Ghajar, Sunday evening. Troops returned fire, killing one person and wounding another. The soldiers, of the Paratroopers Brigade, fired back and confirmed that at least one and possibly two figures on the other side of the border have been hit. No IDF soldiers were hurt in the exchange of fire. According to sources, a preliminary assessment points to the possibility that the incident was drug related. Ghajar, which is split between the two countries by a UN-demarcated line, has become an ideal place in recent years for drug smuggling. This was the first time since the end of the Second Lebanon War that IDF troops came under small arms fire. The last breach of calm since the 2006 war came several months ago when a Katyusha rocket fired from Lebanon hit the northern community of Shlomi. That attack was claimed by Al-Qaida inspired Palestinian groups operating from Lebanon. Hizbullah has refrained from any open hostility against Israel since the end of the war. JPost staff contributed to this report.