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Israel fells more trees after border clashes

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Israel fells more trees after border clashes


The Israeli military has been uprooting more trees along its border with Lebanon despite Tuesday’s deadly clash with the Lebanese army.

A day after a senior Israeli officer, two Lebanese soldiers and a Lebanese journalist were killed, Israel appears keen to show it will not be deterred from operating in the area.

The UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon says Israeli soldiers were operating inside Israel when they came under attack.

But Lebanon says the tree-pruning mission took place south of the UN established Blue Line border in what it calls “disputed territory.”

With both sides blaming each other for the renewed violence there are fears the clash could lead to a wider conflict.

Tuesday’s deaths were the first on either side since the 2006 war in which 12-hundred people, mostly civilians, were killed in Lebanon, along with 158 Israelis who were mostly soldiers.

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