Israel on Thursday buried two soldiers killed in a Hizbullah missile strike that triggered Israeli fire on southern Lebanon, raising tensions between the bitter enemies to their highest in years.

But the Israeli-Lebanese border was calm, and Israeli officials played down the threat of a new war with the Iran-backed group.

In an unusual declaration, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Hizbullah had passed on a message through the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon saying it did not want a further escalation.