Tuesday's exchanges of fire between Israeli and Lebanese forces serve as a reminder of the volatile situation on the northern border.
- In 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.
- In 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 casualties.
- 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 no injuries.
- In 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.