IDF exchanges fire across Lebanon border

Israel Lebanese border

No injuries reported; IDF searching for possible terrorist who snuck across border fence

(SOURCE)  Israel and Lebanon exchanged fire at the border near the northern town of Rosh Hanikra Sunday night.

The IDF didn’t release any details about injuries in the incident, and an IDF spokesperson said the incident was being investigated.

 The IDF was reportedly searching the area for a terrorist that may have crossed the border, and was treating the shooting as a terror incident.

The United Nation’s Interim Force in Lebanon was reportedly in touch with both the IDF and Lebanese army in an effort to calm the situation, Hezbollah-affiliated website reported.

According to Hezbollah’s al-Manar news agency, an IDF patrol crossed into Lebanese territory and was fired upon by the Lebanese Armed Forces. It said the IDF fired flares over the border into Lebanon, and that a Lebanese soldier went missing during the clashes.

According to Lebanese state media, Israeli planes entered Lebanon’s airspace around noon on Sunday. Al-Manar news quoted Lebanese military officials saying Israeli planes entered Lebanon around 8 p.m.

The incident happened near the same spot where a bomb blew up an army jeep, injuring four soldiers, in August.

In 2010, Lebanese snipers shot at Israeli soldiers on the border, killing one and injuring another, and sparking an international incident. Three Lebanese soldiers and a journalist were killed in Israeli retaliatory strikes.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a three-week war in 2006, but the border with Lebanon has remained mostly quiet since.