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Israel reports 'security incident' at border with Lebanon

Reuters/Tel Aviv
Filed on August 26, 2020 | Last updated on August 26, 2020 at 06.51 am
israel, military, security, incident, israeli-lebanese frontier
A car drives along the village of Kfar Kila on the Lebanese-Israeli border in southeast Lebanon, May 20, 2020.

(AP)

Israeli troops had reportedly fired illumination flares after hearing gunfire from the Lebanese side of the border.

Israel's military said on Wednesday it had identified a "security incident" along the volatile Israeli-Lebanese frontier and had ordered residents of the area to stay indoors.

There were no reports of injuries or clashes, and the military did not provide further details.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at a military base in northern Israel to follow developments. Netanyahu has reportedly been holidaying in the area.

A military correspondent for Israel's YNet news said Israeli troops had fired illumination flares after hearing gunfire from the Lebanese side of the border.

Lebanon's Al Manar TV, which is affiliated with the Iranian-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah, Israeli forces were also combing the border area with machine guns.

Tensions have run high along the two countries' shared frontier. Last month, Israel said Hezbollah carried out an infiltration attempt across the border, which the Lebanese group denied.


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