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Hezbollah fighters, Israeli troops clash

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Smoke billows from a missile fired by an Israeli warplane south of Lebanon on Monday.

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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Hezbollah gunners and the Israel Defense Forces traded fire Monday in northern Israel and the disputed Shebaa Farms area.

Hezbollah said Israeli forces killed three Hezbollah fighters. Israel said 11 of its soldiers were injured, with two in serious condition.

Hezbollah described the confrontation as "fierce" and said its fighters attacked and destroyed two Israeli armored vehicles that Hezbollah said crossed into Lebanon near the village of Ghajar.

The Israeli military said the latest round of firing came when Hezbollah gunners fired artillery rounds at IDF positions in the Har Dov area Monday afternoon.

The IDF said its troops returned fire, targeting Hezbollah positions just north of the border in southern Lebanon.

Israeli military officials said the Israeli air force also fired at Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon, including what they called a Hezbollah command post.

The IDF said that after its air raids and shelling, Hezbollah fired a salvo of Katyusha rockets but that they fell short of the northern Israeli towns of Metulla and Kiryat Shmona.

Hezbollah confirmed the Israeli air attacks. Hezbollah said it attacked an Israeli force near al Hassad and destroyed it.

The group also claims to have "inflicted direct and accurate casualties" during another attack on an IDF position in Shebaa Farms, but it gave no details.

Shebaa Farms is a disputed area at the intersection of Israel, Lebanon and Syria that Israel captured during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Lebanon and Syria say Shebaa belongs to Lebanon, but Israel says Shebaa Farms is part of the Golan Heights. The U.N. position is that the area is part of Israeli-occupied Syria.

The United States has labeled Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

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