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article imageReport: Israeli and Lebanese troops exchange fire in deadly clash

By Christopher Szabo     Aug 3, 2010 in World
Beirut - Conflicting reports on a clash between Lebanese and Israeli troops on their common border say Israeli troops were fired upon, or that Israeli troops fired on Lebanese forces.
The BBC reports three Lebanese soldiers and a journalist were killed by Israeli fire after Israeli troops crossed the border near the border town of Kiryat Shemona.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said his country’s sovereignty had been violated and condemned what he called Israel’s “aggression.”
Israel, meanwhile, says two of its soldiers were hit and wounded in the buffer zone between Israel and Lebanon, but says they had stayed inside Israeli territory.
The incident is the most serious since Israel and Lebanon fought a war in 2006.
The UN peacekeeping force mandated to keep the peace in southern Lebanon has called for “maximum restraint.” According to the Israeli army:
"The soldiers were on routine activity in Israeli territory, in an area that lies between the "blue line" and the security fence, thus within Israeli territory.
The Lebanese army said it opened fire after warning the Israeli soldiers not to uproot a tree which was apparently blocking their view. The Lebanese say this was in the village of Adaysseh, which is on the Lebanese side of the border. The Lebanese army says the Israelis then used artillery fire.
An unconfirmed report says a high-ranking Israeli officer was also caught up in the firing.
The incident follows another in which rockets were fired – apparently from Egyptian territory – on Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eliot and in which a stray rocket went into Jordan, killing one person in the port of Aqaba.
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