Positions of Israeli troops and their allied South Lebanon Army came under fire by Hizbolla fighters Saturday, a day after three SLA soldiers were killed in Hizbollah attacks, security sources said.
Hizbolla's military wing issued statements saying that its fighters attacked two Israeli posts in Shamaa and Tair Harfa in the western sector of the Israeli-occupied border zone of southern Lebanon.
In retaliation, Israeli and SLA artillery bombarded the outskirts of the villages of Qaisiyeh, Jabal al-Botom, Wadi Sluqi, Zebqin, Kafra and Yater, all of them outside the occupied zone, Lebanese police said.
On Friday, three SLA militiamen were killed and seven others were wounded along with an Israeli soldier in fierce Hizbollah attacks during which the group lost a guerrilla.
During the exchange of fire, one Katyusha rocket hit an Indian-held post of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) at Ibl al-Saqi in the eastern sector of the zone, causing damage but no casualties.
The upsurge of violence came as UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen began Friday a two-week tour of the region to discuss UNIFIL's role in Israel's plan to pull out of southern Lebanon by July 7 - (AFP)
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