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Israeli Forces, Hezbollah Clash Again on Lebanon Border


Israel says clashes have broken out between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas on the Lebanon border for a second straight day.

The Israeli army said the fighting in the Shebaa Farms region erupted early Thursday, and was continuing. But, a Hezbollah spokesman told Reuters news service in Beirut that guerrilla fighters did not respond to Israeli firing.

Wednesday, one Israeli soldier and one Hezbollah fighter were killed, when guerillas fired rockets on Israeli military positions, and Israeli warplanes bombed targets in a village nearby.

Shebaa Farms has been the focus of Hezbollah attacks and Israeli counter-attacks since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000, after a 22-year occupation.

Lebanon and Syria say the area is Lebanese. But cartographers say it belongs to a part of Syria that has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 war.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.