Calm has returned to the Lebanese-Israeli border after the UN urged restraint following yesterday’s exchange of fire.
Four people were killed in what was the most serious clash between the two countries since they fought a fierce war four years ago.
Both sides have given differing accounts of events – Lebanon claims its army repelled an Israeli patrol which had encroached across its border.
General Said Eid of Lebanon’s Defence Council justified the use of rocket propelled grenades.
“The instructions were given to confront any aggression on our land, our people, our army, by all available means, whatever the sacrifices,” he said.
For its part Israel says one of its tanks returned fire after being hit by grenades.
Several Israeli troops were also fired on as some of them used a crane behind the border demarcation line to trim a tree.
“IDF soldiers were on the Israeli side of the border conducting some routine work on the Israeli side of the border where sniper fire – which we assume was well planned – was opened at these soldiers,” said an Israeli military spokesperson, Colonel Avital Leibovich.
UN peacekeepers which patrol the so-called blue line separating the two countries said they would investigate the incident. So far there has been no more fighting.
Lebanon-Israel border calm after clash