Israeli Army Suspects Man Crossed Into Lebanon

Lebanese army, Hezbollah reportedly searching for man wearing IDF uniform

Israeli soldiers patrol the Lebanon border, December 9, 2018.
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The Israeli army said on Tuesday it suspects a man crossed the border into Lebanon, after forces discovered a breach in the border fence.

According to reports in Lebanon, a man wearing IDF uniform and who was holding a box full of Hebrew documents entered the village of Ayta ash Shab. After encountering residents, the reports said, the man dropped the box and fled. Lebanese army and Hezbollah forces have launched a search.

On Sunday,the Israeli army announced the end of Operation Northern Shield, which it launched in early December to destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels crossing into Israel from Lebanon.

Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said the army located on Saturday afternoon the sixth and largest tunnel crossing into Israel and is working to destroy it. Manelis said that with the latest discovery, "the threat posed by the tunnels has been eliminated."