The Israeli military has reportedly returned 3 of the 7 Lebanese-owned cows that it has been holding since Sunday.
The 3 cows were returned overnight Thursday, while the others remain with the Israeli military, a Lebanese security source told The Daily Star, expecting that the remaining 4 would follow shortly.
Their handover was the outcome of “intense contacts” between Israeli officers and UNIFIL peacekeepers that have been ongoing for the past few days, the source added. Local media had reported a day prior that the full herd had been retrieved.
On Wednesday, caretaker Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister Zeina Akar praised “the efforts and contacts made by the Lebanese Army Command and UNIFIL’s leadership to restore the herd of livestock that was seized by the Israeli enemy.”
She stressed that the continuation of these violations by the enemy “constitutes a violation of international resolutions, especially (UNSC) Resolution 1701,” emphasizing the necessity of implementing and adhering to them.