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Israeli troops wound man who crossed frontier from Lebanon

Israeli troops wound man who crossed frontier from Lebanon

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a man who was spotted entering from Lebanon into a disputed Israel-controlled enclave, the military said Sunday.

The man was taken to an Israeli hospital. His identity and condition were not immediately known, and the army said it was investigating.

The incident occurred after the man crossed from Lebanon into Shebaa Farms.

Israel says the enclave is part of the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in 1967 and later annexed. The U.S. is the only country to have recognized Israel's annexation of the Golan.

Lebanon and Syria say Shebaa Farms belong to Lebanon, while the United Nations says the area is part of Syria and that Damascus and Israel should negotiate its final status.

The Lebanese-Israeli frontier has seen tensions rise in recent weeks between Israel and the militant group Hezbollah.

In April, an Israeli drone fired on a truck carrying Hezbollah fighters in Syria near the border with Lebanon. No one was hurt. Two days later, Israel accused Hezbollah of “provocative” acts, including attempts to breach the border.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in 2006 to a stalemate.

Earlier this month the Lebanese military detained five Sudanese citizens who had crossed into Israel.