IDF opens fire at Hezbollah fighters on Israel-Syria border
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Israeli soldiers sit atop a tank as they watch the border with Syria near the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria, on the Golan Heights July 3, 2013. Photo by Reuters

Israel Defense Forces soldiers shot several Hezbollah fighters suspected of attempting to plant a bomb near the fence between Israel's Golan Heights and Syria on Wednesday, an army spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said the men were identified as Hezbollah members, and that one of them was hit after soldiers fired at them. No IDF soldiers were hurt in the incident.

There has been an uptick of tension along Israel's northern borders over the past week. Last week, Hezbollah threatened to attack Israel in retaliation for an alleged Israeli air strike that hit one of its bases near the Lebanon-Syria border.

"The new aggression is a blatant assault on Lebanon and its sovereignty and its territory...The Resistance [Hezbollah] will choose the time and place and the proper way to respond to it," a statement on Hezbollah run Al-Manar television said.