IDF Soldier Wounded in Lebanon Border Firefight

Israeli soldiers [Photo via Newscom]
Israeli soldiers. (Reuters)

An IDF soldier was lightly wounded by gunfire from Lebanon, as he patrolled along the Lebanese border near Metulla. IDF officials said that the shots were fired from a passing vehicle on the Lebanese side of the border. Israeli soldiers fired back, hitting at least one target, officials said.

The soldier was taken to a hospital in Tzefas for treatment. Israeli officials said that they would not tolerate incursions from Lebanon into Israeli territory.

The border area has largely remained calm since a 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.

Early Wednesday, police arrested an Arab in the Gilo neighborhood of Yerushalayim who was found to be carrying a screwdriver. Security officials said they were concerned that the resident of Palestinian Authority controlled areas was planning to attack Israelis with the screwdriver. He was arrested and taken in for questioning.

Overnight Tuesday, security officials said they arrested 13 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.