Israeli civilian who crossed in Lebanon weeks ago returned in joint operation

December 31, 2021 by JNS
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An Israeli civilian who entered Lebanon weeks ago on his own accord was returned on Thursday in a special operation conducted by the Israel Defence Forces, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and other security officials.

An Israel Defence Forces military outpost on the border between Israel and Lebanon, July 20, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90

The civilian crossed back via the Rosh Hanikra crossing, the IDF said in a statement.

“The incident was handled by Israeli security officials throughout this time,” the statement added.

The Israeli civilian was described as a “young man from the Negev region who apparently entered Lebanese territory voluntarily and consciously. The civilian has been transferred for further questioning by Israeli officials.”

In February, an Israeli young woman who crossed into Syria was returned to Israel, with the help of Russian mediation, following several days of talks.

The woman arrived in Israel from Moscow together with Yaron Bloom, Israel’s lead hostage negotiator, according to Channel 12 news.

In July, the Nazareth Magistrates Court sentenced the woman to eight months in prison.


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