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Bullets fly over hang glider incursion

Israeli troops cover man's dash back across Palestinian border

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Israeli soldiers take position Wednesday during an exchange of fire with Hezbollah fighters.

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(CNN) -- An Israeli civilian crashed his hang glider just inside Lebanon on Wednesday, sparking a clash between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, Israeli and U.N. officials said.

Israel Defense Forces said the hang glider landed inside Lebanon, a few dozen meters from the border, and Israeli troops in the area opened a border gate, calling on the man to cross. Israeli troops did not cross the border, the officials said.

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the shooting continued after the man reached the safety of the Manara outpost.

There were no reported casualties, Israeli military officials said.

The incident came hours after Israeli Defense Force jets showered parts of Beirut with anti-Hezbollah leaflets.

A leaflet copy provided by the military contained the text in Arabic: "To the Lebanese citizens, who protects Lebanon. Who is lying to you? Who is sending your children to a battle they are not ready for? Who wishes the return of the destruction? Who is the tool in the hand of his Syrian and Iranian masters?"

Then in bold letters, it said: "Hezbollah is detrimental to Lebanon!"

The message adds that Israel is determined to protect its citizens and its borders. The note was signed, "The State of Israel."

Hezbollah is a militant group based in Lebanon that seeks to establish a fundamentalist Muslim state. The United States has labeled Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

The border has been tense since clashes erupted Monday in which three Hezbollah militants were killed and a number of Israeli troops injured. (Full story)

A Web statement from U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said Monday's firefight was instigated by the Lebanese and quickly spread along the border "with Israeli civilian areas reportedly being targeted," according to a U.N. spokesman.

Annan asked both sides to exercise maximum restraint in this "volatile and fragile" situation and called "on the government of Lebanon to extend its authority over all of its territory in accordance with Security Council resolutions."

The statement added that the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon had negotiated a cease-fire to curb further escalation.

Also fueling tension Wednesday was the death of a 22-year-old Palestinian during an Israeli arrest raid in the West Bank. Witnesses said Israeli troops entered the town around sunrise and surrounded a building where a suspected militant from the Islamic Jihad group was staying.

Twelve people were injured during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops, witnesses said. Palestinian officials confirmed the death of 22-year-old Salah Faha of the nearby Palestinian village of Saris

Israeli military officials would not immediately comment on the incident.

CNN's Yoav Appel contributed to this report.

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