Israel fires warning shots towards Lebanese boat

Israel`s navy fired warning shots towards a Lebanese fishing vessel in the Mediterranean.

Last Updated: Aug 08, 2010, 15:30 PM IST

Jerusalem: Israel`s navy on Sunday fired warning
shots towards a Lebanese fishing vessel in the Mediterranean,
a military spokeswoman said.

"Warning shots were fired after a Lebanese fishing boat
entered a closed zone," she said without confirming whether
the boat had entered Israeli territorial waters.

After the shots were fired, causing no damage or
injuries, "the Lebanese boat changed course," she added.

Relations between the two countries have been
particularly tense since Tuesday when Israeli and Lebanese
troops clashed along the border, in a deadly exchange of fire
which killed two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist, as well
as an Israeli officer.

The standoff was sparked when Israeli troops tried to cut
down a tree on the border, prompting the Lebanese to open fire
towards them.

PTI