Lebanese Shepherd Injured by Israeli Shots in Southern Lebanon
A Lebanese goat shepherd was lightly wounded Monday when Israelis shot on hills near the disputed Shabaa Farms sector, Lebanese police said.
Sixty-year-old Mohammad Zahra had his leg injured by shrapnel. An Israeli tank fired six shells and a burst of machine-gun fire in the late afternoon "very abruptly and despite no incident having been reported in the area," police said.
Twenty goats were killed by the shooting.
The Shabaa Farms area was captured by Israel from Syria in 1967 but Beirut recently laid claim to the area, a position backed by Damascus.
On November 26, the Lebanese militant movement Hizbollah led a bomb attack on the sector, killing an Israeli soldier.
Israel responded by saying it would launch heavy strikes on Lebanon if the attacks were not stopped.
In October, Hizbollah kidnapped three Israeli soldiers in the Shabaa Farms area in a bid to secure a prisoner swap with Israel -- SHEBAA, Lebanon (AFP)
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