Lebanese Man Nabbed in Northern Israel

Man arouses suspicion at Kiryat Shmona central bus station. Upon checking his papers, police realize he was Lebanese

An Israeli army vehicle drives along the Lebanese border.
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A Lebanese citizen was arrested in the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona, the Israel Defense Forces said on Thursday. The man was taken in for questioning by the army and by the police.

Policemen noticed the man at Kiryat Shmona central bus station, a few kilometers away from the border with Lebanon. He aroused their suspicion, and they asked to see his papers. They then realized that he was Lebanese and he was transferred to questioning by the security services.

The IDF has been preparing for a long while for attempts to infiltrate communities near the border fence. These preparations include the construction of obstacles along the border, as well as the erection of high concrete barriers in several points along the northern border.

For the past two years, the Northern Command has been leading the fortification of defenses across the border in order to make a Hezbollah infiltration harder. It has dug obstacles that would get in the way of a surprise raid by Hezbollah units, set up defenses for communities and headquarters from enemy fire and trained its forces and civilian protection units to defend communities from infiltrations.