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IDF Shoots At Terror Suspects On Lebanese Border

Day after confrontation, suspects approach border, flee at gunfire. Comes same day govt. gives Hezbollah free hand against Israel.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 3/15/2014, 6:49 PM

IDF soldiers (illustration)
IDF soldiers (illustration)
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IDF soldiers fired at suspected terrorists who approached the Israeli-Lebanese border on Saturday.

"A certain number of suspects approached the Israel-Lebanon border. Soldiers fired in the air to warn them away, and they moved off," reported an IDF spokeswoman, adding that no one was injured in the exchange.

A local Arab resident claimed to AFP that the suspects who approached the fence were shepherds who neared the border "by mistake."

The incident follows an intense day Friday, in which terrorists set an explosive on the border, detonating it near an IDF border patrol. The IDF responding by shelling a position in Lebanon held by the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

The blast didn't hurt anyone, but three soldiers were taken to the Ziv Hospital in Tzfat where they will be examined to ensure they did not suffer shock from the explosion.

Motive? Lebanon gives Hezbollah green-light in new agreement

Possibly fueling the flareup at the Lebanese border is a new program, announced Saturday by the country's month-old coalition government. According to it Hezbollah's terror army, which the group refuses to put under state supervision, is given a green-light to attack Israel.

The agreement affirms the "right of Lebanese citizens to resist the Israeli occupation, repel its attacks and take back the occupied territory."

The escalation at Israel's northern border comes on the heels of last week's barrage of rockets fired on southern Israel, as terrorists in Gaza launched the largest-scale attack since the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, showering Israel with roughly 100 rockets, most of them on Wednesday evening.

Islamic Jihad, the terrorist group claiming responsibility for the attacks, announced a "cease-fire" brokered by Egypt from Thursday at 2 p.m., only to break the "truce" with at least six more rockets.