Lebanese, Israeli troops on alert after border tree-felling attempt

Lebanese and Israeli troops went on alert Friday after the Israeli military tried to cut down a tree on the border with Lebanon, the state-run National News Agency reported.

UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon have deployed in the area to quell any tensions.

Both sides are in talks to hand over to the UN force the task of uprooting the tree adjacent to the border fence with the Lebanese town of Adaisseh, according to the report.

A similar incident took place in 2008, prompting Lebanon and Israel to exchange fire that led to the killing of an Israeli officer, two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist.

The latest incident comes five days after an Israeli soldier was killed in a cross-border shooting by a Lebanese army soldier. The Lebanese army described the incident as an “individual act.” GNA

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