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Breaking News: Israeli-Lebanese border

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Explosions rock northern border Tuesday as IDF clashes with Lebanese forces; at least four Lebanese reportedly killed; Northern residents in Israel report major blasts, UNIFIL urges both sides to show restraint.

Fire in the north: A day after rockets were fired at Eilat, loud explosions were reported on the northern border as Israeli and Lebanese forces engaged in massive exchanges of fire. Security sources and witnesses in Lebanon said three Lebanese soldiers and a local journalist were killed in the clash.

The fire erupted after IDF soldiers performing routine operations in a border-area enclave within Israeli territory came under fire. Some frightened northern residents rushed for cover in secured rooms and bomb shelters. Many locals  informed Ynet of loud explosions heard in the region.

Lebanese sources also reported exchanges of fire between Israeli and Lebanese forces. According to one report, the Lebanese Army fired at an Israel tank. The IDF fired four rockets that fell near a Lebanese army position in the village of Adaysseh and the Lebanese army fired back,” a security official in the area told AFP. According to eyewitnesses, the shells hit a Lebaense house. He said one Lebanese soldier and one civilian were wounded.

A Lebanese army spokesman said the clashes erupted after Israeli soldiers attempted to uproot a tree on the Lebanese side of the border.  “The Israelis began to fire and we responded,” he said.

According to the AFP correspondent, soldiers from the Indonesian contingent of the UNIFIL forces in the area tried to calm the situation, unsuccessfully.  UN peacekeepers in Lebanon called on the Lebanese and Israeli armies to exercise “maximum restraint” following the border incident.

“There’s been an exchange of fire between the Lebanese army and the Israeli army along the Blue Line,” UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti told Reuters.  “The main priority of the mission at the moment is to restore calm in the area and the Deputy Force Commander Santi Bonfanti is in contact with the LAF (Lebanese Armed Force) and IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) command urging for maximum restraint,” Tenenti said.

Overt, covert operations

Notably, the clash erupted after Israeli forces were operating in a border-area enclave in Israeli territory. The army recently said such operations were necessary in order to prevent Hezbollah from taking advantage of vulnerable spots in the region.  “If we don’t operate within the enclaves on the northern border, we will create a dangerous vacuum that Hezbollah might use,” a senior officer at the northern border said recently.

“Since the conclusion of the Second Lebanon War, the IDF has been operating routinely on the northern border in both overt and covert operations, which include mainly infrastructure work aimed at minimizing the weak spots Hezbollah can utilize. This is exactly what happened four years ago during the abduction of reserve soldiers Eldad Regev and Udi Goldwasser,” he added.

Source: Ynet

Update: Three Lebanese soldiers were killed and four were wounded after the IDF struck a post near the southern Lebanese border village of Adaisseh, witnesses and security sources said. An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles at a Lebanese army post near Adaisseh, destroying an armoured personnel carrier, a Lebanese security source said.  A Lebanese journalist was also killed in the skirmish, local sources said.

Update-1: IDF Lieutenant Colonel Dov Harari killed in border skirmish with Lebanese army Tuesday; another commander seriously wounded. Troops stepped into planned ambush, army says.

Israeli warning: Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned the Lebanese government Tuesday against “continuing to provoke IDF forces,” following the deadly exchanges of fire  in the north. Barak said Israel would not tolerate any attacks on soldiers or citizens “within its sovereign territory” and called on the international community to condemn the “criminal act carried out by the Lebanese army.”

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Written by Theophyle

August 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

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  1. […] Unitatea ONU Indoneziana care ocupa portiunea dintre fortele israeliene si cele libaneze nu a putut interveni. Armata libaneza a anuntat moartea a doi militari si a unui ziarist aflat la locul faptei. Populatia din zona a intrat in adaposturi. Mai tarziu alarma a fost anulata. Mai multe puteti afla pe Politeia Digest. […]

  2. […] Unitatea ONU Indoneziana care ocupa portiunea dintre fortele israeliene si cele libaneze nu a putut interveni. Armata libaneza a anuntat moartea a doi militari si a unui ziarist aflat la locul faptei. Populatia din zona a intrat in adaposturi. Mai tarziu alarma a fost anulata. Mai multe puteti afla pe Politeia Digest. […]

  3. Firefight Between Israel and Lebanon Leaves 5 Dead…

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