Defense Minister Amir Peretz spoke to his German counterpart Franz Josef Jung on Wednesday evening and vehemently denied reports that the IAF had shot on a German naval vessel off the Lebanese coast.
Likewise, the IDF Spokesperson's Office released a statement saying unequivocally that "contrary to reports, the IDF did not fire at a German warship."
Earlier, the German Defense Ministry reported that it was investigating an incident in which two IAF fighter jets allegedly fired shots and dropped flares near a German warship patrolling the Lebanese coast as part of a peacekeeping force.
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A ministry spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that the planes - two F-16s - fired two shots and released the flares, which can be used as a defense measure against heat-seeking missiles.
The spokesman did not identify the vessel.
A German naval task force led by the frigate Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is off the coast of Lebanon seeking to prevent weapons smuggling as part of the UNIFIL peacekeeping force set up to secure a UN-brokered cease-fire that ended 34 days of fighting between Israel and Lebanon-based Hizbullah guerrillas in southern Lebanon on August 14.