File - A Lebanese soldier checks the sites attacked by Israeli shelling in the Shebaa region of southern Lebanon, Oct. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Possible tit-for-tat incidents Tuesday involving Israeli and Lebanese soldiers and unknown gunmen point toward rising tensions along the southeast sector of the Blue Line and the emerging linkage between south Lebanon and the Golan Heights as a joint arena of confrontation.Israeli troops advanced 20 meters across the Blue Line at Bastara in the Shebaa Farms Tuesday and later fired shots at Lebanese soldiers inspecting the violation, according to a statement by the Lebanese Army. The offensive is named in honor of the "martyrs of Qunaitra," a reference to the six Hezbollah fighters, including two field commanders, and Iranian Gen. Mohammad Allahdadi, killed in January in an Israeli drone strike.On three occasions, armed men were seen slipping across the Blue Line in the Shebaa Farms. One of the incidents was on Oct. 5 during which Israeli troops shot and wounded a Lebanese soldier. It may be no coincidence that the very first of these detailed Israeli reports on alleged Lebanese violations of 1701 was released on Aug. 13, 2013 – six days after Israeli commandos fell into a Hezbollah bomb ambush after they crossed into Lebanese territory for a distance of 400 meters north of the Blue Line.
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