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Israelis and Hezbollah Clash at Lebanon Line

Israeli troops and Hezbollah guerrillas from Lebanon traded artillery fire for several hours on Friday along the border region in their most intense shooting exchange in months. One Israeli soldier was killed and five were wounded, the military said. Friday was the third straight day of fire across the frontier, and the shooting took place in the areas around Shabaa Farms, a rocky, uninhabited hillside that has been the focus of periodic battles in recent years. Israeli-Hezbollah skirmishes always raise the possibility of a rapid escalation that could set off a wider conflict. But Israel’s deputy prime minister, Ehud Olmert, told Israel radio that the fighting was “limited to this area and no rocket was fired against Israel civilian targets.” Still, at least one Israeli politician called on Israel to single out neighboring Syria, which supports Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim movement. Israel, along with the United States, regards Hezbollah as a terrorist group. Full Story

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