Israel and Hezbollah exchanged fire along the Lebanese border after a week of rising tensions [Aziz Taher/Reuters]

A cautious calm has returned to the southern Lebanese border amid international calls for restraint after Hezbollah and Israel exchanged fire following a week of tensions.

Lebanon‘s Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Sunday held phone conversations with the top United States and French diplomats, urging them to “intervene” to prevent the situation from escalating into a full-fledged war, his office said.

In an anticipated response to an Israeli air raid last week that killed two of its fighters in Syria, as well as a suspected Israeli drone attack on the group’s stronghold in southern Beirut, Hezbollah on Sunday fired a number of anti-tank missiles at an

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