An Israeli soldier was killed and five were wounded early Friday in a Hezbollah attack in the Shabaa Farms, near the border the Golan Heights and Lebanon.
It is the third clash between Israeli troops and Hezbollah in as many days.
Thursday Israeli soldiers spotted Hezbollah men in that area, opened fire, and the gunmen left.
At night a reconnaissance unit searched the area and according to the army spokesman found “equipment and explosive devices” near the Gladiola outpost.
While the soldiers were in the area, Hezbollah opened mortar and anti tank fire killing a soldier and wounding five others, two of them seriously.
A Hezbollah statement said the militants ambushed Israeli troops violating the “Blue Line,” the border between Lebanon and the Golan that Israel captured from Syria. An Israeli army spokeswoman insisted the soldiers were in Israeli territory near the position.
A three hours battle ensured in which the Israelis used artillery and fighter planes. The heavy fire was needed, also, to cover a complicated evacuation operation in which two helicopters rescued wounded soldiers.