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.
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.