Prelude. “Israeli, Lebanese soldiers exchange fire on border,” from Reuters, August 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):
EDAYSEH, Lebanon (Reuters) – Israeli artillery shelled a Lebanese village on Tuesday, wounding two people, after Lebanese Army troops fired warning shots at Israeli soldiers along the usually quiet but tense frontier, witnesses said.
U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon urged both sides to exercise “maximum restraint” after the border incident in an area where Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas fought a war four years ago.
Witnesses said the Israeli army fired at least seven artillery shells at the village of Edayseh. One shell hit a house and a Lebanese soldier and civilian were wounded, a security source said.
“It started when the Israelis wanted to cut a tree down inside Lebanon, the Lebanese army fired warning shots at them and they responded by shelling,” the source said, adding the firing had stopped but tension was high.
“I heard some shots and some artillery shells. But I don’t know from which side,” a Reuters witness at the scene said. “I can see a fire in Edayseh. “(UNIFIL) U.N. peacekeepers and army troops are in the area.”
Israeli security sources said Israeli and Lebanese troops exchanged fire. The sources said Israeli army engineers came under fire from Lebanese soldiers while working along the frontier, and the troops shot back…