Two Lebanese soldiers killed in clash with IDF on northern border

By Jack Khoury, Haaretz Service and News Agencies

Israel’s northern border erupted on Tuesday as an Israel Defense Forces tank exchanged fire with a Lebanese army position, killing two Lebanese soldiers, in what appeared to be the most serious military confrontation since Israel’s month-long war with Hezbollah in 2006.

The Lebanese army confirmed that two of its troops had been killed when Israeli forces fired on a vehicle in which they were traveling, setting it on fire and wounding another.

In Lebanon, security sources said that Israeli shells fired at the southern Lebanese border village of Aadassi hit a house, wounding two – a soldier and a civilian.

Lebanese troops responded with artillery fire, Lebanese press reports said, while eyewitnesses said fire had broken out in two buildings in the village.

“It started when the Israelis wanted to cut a tree down inside Lebanon,” one security source in Lebanon said. “The Lebanese army fired warning shots at them and they responded by shelling.”

Responding to the incident, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman authorized Israel’s UN ambassador Gabriella Shalev to lodge an official complaint against Lebanon with the UN Security Council.

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