Israeli troops shot two Hezbollah fighters who tried to plant a bomb near the fence between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Syrian-held territory on Wednesday, the Israeli army said.
army spokeswoman said Israeli intelligence had identified the men as
members of Hezbollah. She had no immediate word on their condition.
Hezbollah and Israel fought a war in July-August 2006. Both sides have largely avoided direct confrontation since then. Last week, however, Hezbollah accused Israel of bombing one of its bases near the Lebanon-Syria border and threatened to retaliate. Israel
did not confirm carrying out the air strike, in keeping with its
official silence on at least three such attacks in the last year
targeting suspected Hezbollah-bound weapons convoys from Syria. It said
it would hold Beirut responsible for any Hezbollah reprisals from Lebanese turf.