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Al-Qaida affiliate claims responsibility for Lebanon border attack

(JTA) — A terrorist group linked to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for an attack on an Israeli army jeep on Israel’s border with Lebanon.

No soldiers were injured in Friday’s attack, in which the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, fired shots at an Israeli patrol, according to the Times of Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces, believing the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah was responsible for the attack, had retaliated by firing on Hezbollah positions. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria’s civil war.

The attack follows intensified fighting between Israel and Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group based in the Gaza Strip. The flare-up ended Thursday with the restoration of the 2012 truce brokered by Egypt.