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Gunfire exchanged across Israeli border

February 8, 2007

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— Lebanese troops exchanged fire with Israeli forces across the border late Wednesday, for the first time since the summer war between Hezbollah and Israel, Lebanese and Israeli officials said.

The nighttime incident - sparked by an Israeli bulldozer crossing a fence - showed how tense the boundary remains nearly six months after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire ended 34 days of fighting. But the incident was not expected to undermine the overall truce.

Lebanese officials said their troops opened fire on an Israeli army bulldozer that had crossed the frontier near the border village of Maroun el-Rass, scene of heavy fighting in the summer.

The vehicle crossed the so-called Blue Line - the U.N.-demarcated boundary - and entered about 20 yards into Lebanon, Lebanese military officials said.

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