The facts remain unclear at this stage, but recent news on this matter seems to suggest Israel army have retaliated after one of their soldiers was killed hours earlier.
In the past, and I recall similar incidents and escalations in 2010, when Israel army crossed and infiltrated into Lebanon, and of course the exact details were never confirmed or denied but ignored by Israel – the usual “no comment” policy.
After reading a news articles, one interesting piece of information which draws my attention is:
Israeli army spokeswoman Lt. Libby Weiss said Israeli forces identified “suspicious movement” along the border just after midnight, and shot two members of Lebanon’s armed forces. The shooting occurred near where Cohen was killed, she said but had no details on the condition of the Lebanese. [source]
Don’t you find it strange that Israel in one paragraph echo confusion or a contradiction? First “suspicious movement” is identified. Shots are then fired, and then that suspicious movement becomes Lebanese Forces. No exact location is specified and no direct link to indicate if the “suspicious movement” was indeed Lebanese Forces or just couple of cats playing near the border.
Despite the confusion and disinformation surrounding this recent incident, it will be interesting to see how both sides handle this. We have seen how the situation can deteriorate between both sides in the past and are these recent events a trigger to descend the region into turmoil, again?