Israeli soldiers kidnapped a Lebanese shepherd near the southern border and took him to their occupied territories on Tuesday.
According to local media, the 22-year-old shepherd/goatherd named Hasan Zahra took a herd of goats in Bastara farm located in the village of Kafr Shuba in the Hasbaya District.
The Israeli officers reportedly threw smoke bombs before kidnapping him.
The issue is currently being handled by the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) after Lebanese authorities alerted the peacekeepers. They are working to return Zahra back to Lebanon.
The Israeli Defense Forces addressed the kidnapping, tweeting that it has “apprehended a suspect who intentionally crossed the Blue Line from Lebanon into Israeli territory” and that he is being questioned.
“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to violate Israeli sovereignty,” the statement read.
Ironically, this coincides with heavy Israeli violations of Lebanon’s own sovereignty with their jets flying at low altitudes above major Lebanese cities, including Beirut, for the third day in a row.
In response, Lebanon has filed an urgent complaint to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), demanding to put an end to the Israeli aggressions and violations of Lebanese sovereignty.