The IDF said on Saturday that it foiled an attempted infiltration across the border from Lebanon into northern Israel on Friday. opened fire at the squad.
Forces identified a number of Lebanese people digging in the ground cutting the border fence with Israel and entering Israeli territory, in the late hours of Friday night.
The troops fired shots towards the ground near the group in an effort to detain them by they escaped back into Lebanese territory.
After preliminary investigation conducted by the IDF and a search of the area, soldiers found what they suspected were explosive devices left on the ground, indicating the group's intended to conduct a terror attack.
The infiltration attempt came hours after dozens of Lebanese demonstrated along the border protesting the bombing of Gaza by Israel during the fighting in the south.
Dozens of Lebanese demonstrators set fire to the Israeli border fence near the country's northern most town of Metula on Friday, and some of them cut the fence and broke into the Israeli side, prompting IDF tanks stationed in the area to fire several warning shots, chasing protesters back into to Lebanese territory but one man who was described as a member of Hezbollah died and his funeral was to be conducted on Saturday.
"Several dozen arrived with flags, shouted, cursed, not something out of the ordinary. Some reached the international border fence and vandalized it," he said. "Five or six people entered the Israeli territory and lit a fire in the Ayun River Nature Reserve," Metula Regional Council head David Azulay said.
The army then arrived and dispersed them with live fire," he added.