updated 5/21/2005 8:53:43 AM ET 2005-05-21T12:53:43

Hezbollah guerrillas attacked Israeli forces Saturday in a disputed border area, the militant group's television station reported, as the Israeli military announced it had fired on a Lebanese shepherd suspected of trying to cross the border.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar television said the group had attacked the Israeli position of Roueissat el-Alam in the Chebaa Farms in retaliation for Israeli shelling of houses in areas near the farms.

In Jerusalem, the Israeli military said soldiers fired in the air when they saw a shepherd trying to cross into the Chebaa Farms area and that Hezbollah responded with rockets or missiles.

There was no immediate word on casualties from either the Israeli shelling or the Hezbollah attack.

Hezbollah and the Israeli army periodically have cross-border clashes in the Israeli-occupied Chebaa Farms, where the borders of Syria, Lebanon and Israel meet. Lebanon claims the area but the United Nations says the region is part of Syria.

Israel ended an 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon in May 2000.

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