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Israel repatriates man who crossed into Lebanon

December 31, 2021 at 10:09 am

United Nations peacekeeping force (UNIFIL) vehicles patrol the Lebanese southern coastal area of Naqura by the border with Israel, on October 11, 2020 [MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP via Getty Images]

The Israeli army yesterday repatriated an Israeli man who crossed into Lebanon a few weeks ago, Anadolu reported.

The army said in a statement that its troops had conducted a joint operational effort with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and Israeli security officials, returning the 25-year-old who is from the Negev Desert region in southern Israel.

According to the statement, the Israeli civilian crossed the Blue Line into Lebanon a few weeks ago “voluntarily and consciously”.

There was no immediate comment from Lebanese officials on the statement.

The Lebanese Hezbollah group controls the southern Lebanon areas adjacent to the border with Israel.

Israeli forces withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000.

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