Lebanon’s army claims IDF targeted its troops

Israeli troops fired smoke bombs across the border into Lebanon, the Lebanese army stated.

By: AP and World Israel News Staff

The Lebanese military says Israeli troops fired six smoke bombs across the border, causing two members of the military intelligence agency to suffer breathing difficulties.

The army’s statement says the incident occurred Tuesday near the village of Rmeish, adding that it also caused a fire that spread to the Israeli side of the border.

Shortly after the incident, the statement continues, Lebanese troops as well as United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeepers and firefighters arrived in the area and extinguished the blaze.

An IDF spokesman confirmed the incident to The Jerusalem Post. He said that troops fired the smoke grenades toward “suspicious individuals” who were seen approaching Israel’s border fence with Lebanon.

The Lebanon-Israel border has been relatively calm since a 34-day war in 2006 between the Jewish state and the Hezbollah terror group.