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Israel says it exchanged fire with Hezbollah in thwarted attack near Lebanese border

July 27, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Armoured vehicles and 155 mm self-propelled howitzers are deployed in the Upper Galilee in northern Israel on the border with Lebanon on July 27, 2020. - The Israeli army said the previous day one of its drones had come down in Lebanese territory, following a reinforcement of its presence at its northern frontier near Lebanon. Israel regularly deploys drones over Lebanon, in particular to monitor the movements of pro-Iran armed group Hezbollah, an arch-enemy of the Jewish state and a heavyweight in Lebanese politics. (Photo by JALAA MAREY / AFP) (Photo by JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images)

Israeli forces said they exchanged fire with Hezbollah along the Israel-Lebanon border on Monday after the Iran-backed group staged an attack in a disputed region.

(CNN)Israeli forces said they exchanged fire with Hezbollah along the Israel-Lebanon border on Monday after the Iran-backed group staged an attack in a disputed region.

Israel's military said that a Hezbollah cell comprising between three and five militants armed with assault rifles crossed the demarcation line, known as the Blue Line, between Israel and Lebanon by "a few meters," then the Israeli military opened fire with small arms and tank fire.

The Israeli military said the operation took place near an area known as Har Dov in Israel and Shebaa Farms in Lebanon, which was captured by Israel in 1967 and is claimed by Lebanon.

On Friday, the Israeli military deployed additional troops to the country's northern border and restricted movement of military vehicles along it in anticipation of Hezbollah retaliating for last week's air strike in Syria.

This is the first firing on the volatile border since last September when Hezbollah attacked an Israeli army base and a nearby military vehicle.

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