Reports: Man Donning Israeli Army Suit Crosses into Lebanon
A man wearing an Israeli military uniform on Tuesday entered carrying a box into the al-Raheb area in the Lebanese border town of Aita al-Shaab, Lebanese TV networks said.
LBCI and al-Jadeed said the man entered the area around 3:30 pm.
“When he encountered residents of the town, he threw away the box and Hebrew-language identification papers before fleeing and he is still hiding in Lebanese territory in the al-Kharzeh area while Lebanese Army intelligence agents are still searching for him,” LBCI reported.
Al-Jadeed later reported that "two young men from Aita al-Shaab encountered a stranger in the town and they tried to ask him about his identity but he did not respond."
"At that point, one of them went to report him, which prompted him to flee, leaving behind some papers," al-Jadeed added.
"The papers carry Hebrew writings and one of them indicate that he is a foreigner born in 1986," the TV network said, adding that security forces believe that he returned into Israel although search operations were still ongoing.
Al-Mayadeen television had said that the Lebanese Army and Hizbullah members were “searching for a suspect who was seen in the Khillet al-Durra area on the border.”
Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) had earlier reported that “armed Hizbullah members went on alert in the border town of Aita al-Shaab over reports that an Israeli settler had crossed the electronic fence and entered Lebanon.”
The Israeli army later confirmed that it has detected a "breach" of the border fence, adding that it was investigating marks suggesting that a person might have crossed from Israel into Lebanon.