Israeli Army Catches Two Suspects Who Breached Lebanon Border After Brief Manhunt

Residents of two towns hugging the border with Lebanon were briefly ordered to stay home overnight

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The Lebanese border, two days agoCredit: Rami Shllush

Israel caught two people who breached the country's border from Lebanon in the early hours of Thursday morning, the IDF spokesperson said.

After a short manhunt, the army stopped them near the border, where they are currently being questioned.

In light of the incident, Mattat and Dovev, two small border towns, were instructed to remain in their homes before the IDF reversed the command after a few hours.

Amir Sofer, the head of the Merom HaGalil Regional Council, which encompasses Dovev, said the "tense and sleepless night" began around 3 A.M. and that some areas remain blocked off to civilians. He said that vehicles escorting children to summer camps are being protected by the military, and that otherwise "full routine" has returned.

This came as Israel allegedly struck targets in Homs in Syria, according to Syrian state media on Thursday morning. Syrian air defenses were triggered by an "Israeli aggression," the report stated.

Late on Monday night, two rockets were fired from Lebanon into the Western Galilee. Israeli air defense systems intercepted one of the rocket while the other landed in an open area, causing no casualties, the IDF's statement said. The army responded with artillery fire.

Although there has been no confirmation of who carried out the strikes, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Lebanon bears sole responsibility for the rocket launch.

"Lebanon allows terror activity to take place from its territory. The State of Israel will act against every threat to its sovereignty and citizens, and will respond according to its interests in the relevant time and place," he said.

Earlier on Monday, five were killed in an alleged Israeli attack on Monday weapons depots belonging to an Iran backed-militia outside Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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