Israel Abducts Lebanese Shepherd near Blue Line

A 12-strong Israeli force on Wednesday kidnapped Lebanese shepherd Ismail Khalil Nabaa who hails from the southern border town of Shebaa, Lebanon's National News Agency reported.

Nabaa was abducted while grazing his flock on the heights of Jabal al-Saddaneh, north of the U.N.-demarcated Blue Line, NNA said, adding that the shepherd was taken to Israel.

In the wake of the incident, the Lebanese army filed a complaint with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which in turn contacted the Israeli side in a bid to secure the release of the Lebanese man, the agency added.

An Israeli force failed on July 16 to abduct two shepherds from Shebaa. After their failure, the soldiers stole some 900 goats from the area and took them to the occupied Shebaa Farms.

Source: Agence France Presse

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