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Israel warns, then fires on Lebanese fishing boat

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s military fired on a Lebanese fishing boat after the boat reportedly ignored warnings to leave the area.

An Israeli Navy ship fired on the boat Saturday morning following the warnings, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The boat was not damaged and the crew was unharmed, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman told Haaretz.

The IDF, according to reports, said the boat entered a "closed zone" but did not say if it was in Israel’s territorial waters. 

A Lebanese army statement said that Israel fired "towards Lebanon’s territorial waters," according to Ynet.  

The incident occurred less than a week after an Israeli military officer was killed when Lebanese troops fired at Israeli soldiers cutting a tree on Israel’s side of the border with Lebanon. Another Israeli soldier was seriously injured. Three Lebanese soldiers and a journalist were killed in the clash.

 

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