(DEBKAfile) — The border tensions brewing between Lebanon and Israel in recent weeks boiled over Tuesday, Aug. 3 into a heavy exchange of fire between troops on both sides of the border. IDF casualties are reported by foreign sources. The Lebanese report three soldiers and several civilians killed, as well as a number injured.
The exchange developed after the Lebanese army opened fire on Israeli troops, using mortars and RPGs. Israeli tank artillery retaliated, followed by IDF helicopters which attacked Lebanese firing positions.