Lebanese army says two soldiers injured by Israeli smoke grenades
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Lebanese army says two soldiers injured by Israeli smoke grenades

Officials claim patrol was ‘attacked by enemy’ near border village, sparking fire; IDF looking into report

Illustrative photo of Lebanese troops (photo credit: AP/Hussein Malla)
Illustrative photo of Lebanese troops (photo credit: AP/Hussein Malla)

Israeli soldiers along the border with Lebanon on Tuesday targeted a Lebanese army patrol with smoke grenades, injuring two soldiers and sparking a large fire, the Lebanese army claimed.

“An intelligence directorate patrol inspecting a piece of land [near the town of Rmaich] was attacked by an enemy Israeli patrol that threw six smoke grenades and wounded two soldiers,” Lebanese officials said.

Another army patrol, along with a liaison team from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and a fire brigade crew quickly deployed to the area and extinguished the fire on the Lebanese side, they added.

The Israeli army said it was looking into the report.

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Israel occupied parts of Lebanon for 22 years until 2000; the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group claims credit for its withdrawal following persistent guerrilla attacks.

The two countries are still technically at war but incidents such as Tuesday’s are rare.

A UN-demarcated “Blue Line” drawn up after Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000 serves as the a frontier between the two countries.

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