Two Lebanese security sources reported Israel fired a border zone in southern Lebanon on Friday, following a detonation on the border fence, according to the Israeli army.
According to one security source, the shelling was in response to an infiltration attempt from the Lebanese side of the border, while the Israeli army stated it was in response to a detonation that caused “light damage” to the border barrier.
“IDF (army) forces are currently responding with artillery fire towards Lebanese territory,” the Israeli military said in a statement.
According to AFP correspondents in the area, the Israeli bombardment targeted the villages of Dhayra and Alma al-Shaab.
According to the second security source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, it hit a Lebanese army base in Dhayra.
The incident is the latest in a string of occurrences on the Israel-Lebanon border following a weekend assault on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which sparked severe fighting, and as Hamas and Israel traded heavy fire for a seventh day.
On Saturday, hundreds of Hamas gunmen crossed the border from Gaza into Israel, killing over 1,300 people, the majority of whom were civilians.
Israel has replied by bombing Hamas sites in Gaza, killing about 1,800 Palestinians.
On Monday, Hezbollah claimed that Israeli strikes killed three of its members, while Palestinian fighters claimed that an infiltration attempt was foiled.
Israel claimed to have attacked Hezbollah observation posts on Tuesday, but Hamas’ armed wing claimed missile fire.
Hezbollah stated on Wednesday that it had attacked an Israeli outpost near the Lebanese village of Dhayra. Three civilians were injured as a result of retaliatory Israeli fire.