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Israeli troops wounded in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Lebanese government said four Israeli soldiers were injured Wednesday by landmines when they wandered about 0.1 mile into Lebanese territory.

A military statement published by the Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star said an Israeli foot patrol wandered about 500 feet across the shared border early Wednesday.

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"During the infiltration an explosion occurred, leaving a number of troops wounded," the statement said.

The incident occurred a few hundred feet from a surveillance tower used by the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon. UNIFIL was mandated in the 1970s to confirm Israeli forces were out of Lebanese territory. The so-called Blue Line marks the point of an Israeli military deployment.

Lebanese officials said the incursion was part of a long history of Israeli violations of peace agreements with Beirut. The Lebanese government has issued a series of complaints about the violations to the United Nations.

UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti told the Lebanese newspaper it was in contact with Israeli and Lebanese officials to determine what happened.

"Our effort is to ascertain if any traces of a possible explosion or other activity can be identified on the ground," he said.

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