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Israel, Lebanon trade fire, accusations

By Guy Azriel, CNN
Israeli soldiers patrol the along the border between Israel and Lebanon on June 3, 2011.
Israeli soldiers patrol the along the border between Israel and Lebanon on June 3, 2011.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • No one is hurt
  • Israel: Soldiers on routine patrol are fired upon
  • Lebanon: An army post comes under fire
  • Injuries, deaths reported in West Bank incident
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Jerusalem (CNN) -- Israeli and Lebanese forces traded fire Monday, with each blaming the other for the exchange.

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, security sources told the news agency.

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.

In an unrelated incident in the West Bank, five Israeli soldiers were lightly injured overnight when they were pelted with rocks during an arrest at the Kalandia refugee camp, a military spokesman said Monday.

Israel said it received a report about injuries to two Palestinians during the incident and was investigating, while hospital officials in Ramallah said two men were killed and one injured.

CNN's Amir Ahmed and Kevin Flower contributed to this report.

 
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