Israel fired tank and artillery shells Friday night into southern Lebanon after a roadside bomb exploded near its soldiers patrolling the border.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said the explosion damaged a military vehicle near the border. He said no soldiers were hurt in the blast, though three went to hospital for observation to rule out internal injuries.

He said the military immediately responded with tank and artillery fire directed at “Hezbollah positions and other suspicious locations.” Soldiers also used smoke-screen munitions to mask their movements, Lerner said. […]