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Israeli army fires into Lebanon after military targets hit by missiles

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By Paul Goldman and Lawahez Jabari and Yuliya Talmazan and Reuters  with NBC News World News
Image: Israeli self-propelled artillery guns are positioned near the Lebane
Israeli self-propelled artillery guns are positioned near the Lebanese border on the outskirts of the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shemona on Sept. 1, 2019.   -   Copyright  Jalaa Marey

TEL AVIV — Israel's military said on Sunday it fired into southern Lebanon after a number of anti-tank missiles targeted an Israeli military base and army vehicles near the border village of Avivim.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, though the Israeli Defense Forces said a number of hits have been confirmed.

The Israeli army has also told residents within four kilometers of the Lebanese border to stay in their homes and open shelters.

Just hours earlier, the Lebanese military said an Israeli drone, which violated Lebanon's airspace, dropped incendiary material and sparked a fire in a pine forest by the border.

Israel's military said on Saturday that it had ordered extra forces to deploy near the border amid rising tensions with Hezbollah.

Paul Goldman reported from Tel Aviv, Lawahez Jabari from jerusalem and Yuliya Talmazan from London.