Israeli forces have fired smoke grenades at the Lebanese army intelligence forces as they were on their routine patrol.

The incident occurred in Lebanon’s south, near the Lebanese village of Bilda on Saturday, and injured a number of Lebanese forces, an unidentified security source told the Daily Star newspaper.

The source said several soldiers lost consciousness and were immediately taken to a hospital for medical attention.

Peacekeepers with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), have been informed of the Israeli attack, the source added.

Under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war, UNIFIL peacekeepers, who are stationed along Lebanon’s southern border with the occupied territories, are tasked with monitoring a cessation of hostilities in southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah Sectary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned Israel against any act of war against Lebanon, saying Hezbollah is watching carefully for any Israeli attempts to use the crisis to begin hostilities against Lebanon.

He also said Riyadh was inciting Israel to attack Lebanon.

“I warn them against any miscalculation or any step to exploit the situation,” he said. “Today we are more confident and feeling stronger in the face of any threat.”

The Israeli daily Haaretz recently reported that Tel Aviv has been preparing for the next war with Hezbollah.