Israeli Military Arrests Unarmed Man Who Crossed Border From Lebanon

Incident follows another one in January in which the Lebanese army arrested a U.S. citizen who entered the country from Israel

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Israeli soldiers on the Lebanese border, December 24, 2018.
FILE PHOTO: Israeli soldiers on the Lebanese border, December 24, 2018.Credit: Gil Eliahu

The Israeli military arrested on Thursday an unarmed man who crossed the border from Lebanon into Israeli territory.

According to the military, the man was not carrying any weapons and has been taken in for investigation.

In January, the Israeli army said it suspected a man crossed the border into Lebanon after forces discovered a breach in the border fence.

The Lebanese army confirmed it had arrested an American citizen suspected of illegally entering the country after crossing the Israel border, adding that he was arrested while hiding in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre.

According to reports in Lebanon, a man wearing an Israel Defense Forces uniform 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. The Lebanese army and Hezbollah forces have launched a search.

Also in January, 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. The army said it had located six such tunnels.

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