JERUSALEM – Israeli and Lebanese forces traded fire Monday, with each blaming the other for the exchange, CNN reported. No one was hurt. Israel said its soldiers were fired upon while on routine patrol along Lebanon’s border. The soldiers then returned fire, the military said. Lebanon’s national news agency said a southern Lebanese army post came under fire from Israeli forces, prompting Lebanese soldiers to fire back. Fifteen Israeli soldiers advanced 50 meters inside Lebanese territories.
The National News Agency of Lebanon said the gunfire lasted 15 minutes and that Israel bolstered its presence in the area with 10 personnel carriers, three tanks and 100 soldiers. “We will implement the Israeli sovereignty and ensure the safety of our citizens,” the Israeli military said in a message to the United Nations Interim Fore in Lebanon (UNIFIL). UNIFIL troops are deployed along the Blue Line separating Lebanon and Israel to reduce tensions between the two sides.