Israeli troops shot two Lebanese soldiers early today (December 16, 2013), just hours after a Lebanese army sniper killed an Israeli soldier as he drove along the volatile border late last night, according to the Washington Post website.
The shooting raised the possibility of renewed fighting in the area, which has remained mostly quiet since a month-long war in the summer of 2006.
Relations between Lebanon and Israel are so fraught with tensions that any incident risks sparking a major conflagration. The two have been officially at war since Israel became an independent nation in 1948. Each country bans its citizens from visiting the other, and there are no direct trade ties between the two.
In the incident yesterday, Israeli soldier Shlomi Cohen, 31, was fatally shot by a Lebanese army sniper near the tourist site of Rosh Hanikra on the Mediterranean Sea, the Israeli military said.