Israeli forces arrested an unarmed Lebanese citizen who crossed the Lebanon-Israel border on Sunday night, Israeli military spokesman Avichay Adraee said in a statement.
The man was detained after crossing the UN-demarcated Blue Line and into the Jewish settlement of Misgav Am, bordering the south Lebanon village of Aadaiseh.
“The [Israeli] forces arrested the suspect, as it became clear that… it was an unarmed Lebanese citizen, who was transferred for investigation,” Adraee wrote on Twitter.
رصدت استطلاعات جيش الدفاع مشتبهًا فيه تسلل قبل قليل من داخل #لبنان الى الأراضي الإسرائيلية في منطقة مسغاف عام حيث القت القوات القبض عليه. اتضح من التحقيق الأولي أن الحديث عن مواطن لبناني غير مسلح حيث تم نقله للتحقيق.
سنواصل العمل لمنع أي محاولة لاجتياز الحدود وخرق سيادة إسرائيل
— افيخاي ادرعي (@AvichayAdraee) July 10, 2022
Crossings into Israel from Lebanon are a common occurrence.
Israeli patrols also frequently cross the Blue Line into Lebanon. Their air force and navy also violate Lebanese airspace and waters on a near-daily basis.
Last month, Israel’s army repeated accusations that the militant group Hezbollah is operating an observation post near the Lebanon-Israel border under the guise of an environmental group, a claim previously rejected by the UN.
Haniyeh to meet Nasrallah in Beirut as Israel escalates tension with Lebanon and Gaza https://t.co/jHJMi4q5n0
— Middle East Monitor (@MiddleEastMnt) June 21, 2022
Tensions have risen between Lebanon and Israel in recent weeks after Israel moved a gas rig into an offshore field, waters claimed by Beirut.
(The New Arab, PC, Social Media)