Two Hezbollah Gunners Killed

Two members of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah were killed Wednesday in Lebanon during a sustained exchange of artillery fire with gunners of the Israel Defense Force and its allied South Lebanon Army.

The incident began when several shells were fired from north of the Israeli- controlled border security zone at an IDF post near Nabatiya, in the central sector of the zone.

IDF and SLA gunners returned fire, following which Hezbollah again opened fire on IDF positions. The ensuing exchange went on for more than six hours, over a wide area inside Lebanon. No casualties were reported on the Israeli side.

Hezbollah later announced that its forces had not been responsible for the initial shooting.

Lebanese reports said that Israeli air force planes flew sorties over Beirut and areas to the north of the Lebanese capital, but carried out no attacks.

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