Israeli Army Arrests Lebanese Man Who Jumped Border Fence

Lebanese media report unidentified man, held in Israel for questioning, shot two people before crossing the border

The Associated Press
Noa Shpigel
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Lebanese and Hezbollah flags are seen from the Israeli side of the Israel-Lebanon border, August 27, 2019.
The Associated Press
Noa Shpigel

The Israeli military says it has arrested a man who crossed its northern border from Lebanon.

The army said Saturday the Lebanese national was being held for questioning. 

Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said a Lebanese man jumped over the border fence into Israel after shooting two people on the Lebanese side of the frontier.

Israeli defense officials said they weren't treating the incident as terrorism.

Israel has been on high alert since August, when its aircraft struck targets in Syria and Lebanon linked to Iran and its regional proxy, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

In September, brief cross-border fighting erupted after Hezbollah fired a barrage of missiles in response to Israeli airstrikes.