Five Killed in Israeli-Lebanese Border Battle
On Tuesday, violence erupted at the border between Lebanon and Israel, leaving five people dead and marking the first significant clash between the neighboring nations since 2006. Both sides claimed that the other had provoked the incident, which prompted a concerned reaction from Washington and the European Union. –KA
The Lebanese army says Israeli soldiers crossed the border to uproot a tree which was blocking their view near the Lebanese village of Adaysseh.
A Lebanese army spokesman said troops had fired warning shots and Israel had responded with fire from artillery positions and helicopters.
The Lebanese army confirmed to the BBC that three of its soldiers had been killed and four wounded. The al-Akhbar newspaper confirmed that one of its journalists, Assaf Abu Rahhal, had also been killed.
In a statement, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Lebanese sovereignty had been violated.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement: “Israel has responded and shall respond aggressively in the future to any attempt to disrupt the calm along the northern border or to harm residents of the north or the soldiers protecting them.”