Israeli Soldier Wounded by Shots Fired From Lebanon

Israeli soldiers evacuate their wounded comrades at an army deployment area along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. The Israeli army said five of its soldiers have been killed in and around the wartorn Gaza Strip. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read …
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli military said an Israeli soldier was wounded on Wednesday by shots fired from a vehicle traveling in Lebanon along a border fence, and troops returned fire.

A Lebanese army spokesman said in a statement there was no truth to reports shots had been fired from a car at a soldier from Lebanese territory.

In a statement, the Israeli military said that troops that fired back at the vehicle had “confirmed a hit”. A later statement said troops spotted the car again after it sped away and engaged it in a second exchange of fire, confirming more hits.

The incident cited took place along the frontier near the Israeli town of Metulla. The border area has largely remained calm since a 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.

A U.N.-monitored ceasefire has largely held since then, but Israeli aircraft regularly overfly southern Lebanon and have attacked arms shipments to Hezbollah mainly in Syrian territory.

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