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Lebanon army: Israeli troops capture Lebanese farmer
Published Thursday 13/01/2011 (updated) 13/01/2011 17:20
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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) -- An Israeli patrol crossed into Lebanese territory on Wednesday and captured a Lebanese shepherd near the border, the Lebanese army said in a statement.

"In a flagrant assault on residents of southern Lebanon... Enemy troops crossed the technical fence south of the village of Rmeish and kidnapped a Lebanese man, whom they took back into the occupied territories," or Israel, it said.

The statement said the army was in contact with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, which is tasked with monitoring the Lebanon-Israel border, in order to "free the citizen."

An army spokesman told AFP the shepherd, whom he identified as Sharbel Khoury, was expected to be released on Thursday morning.

Israel has detained Lebanese civilians in the disputed border region in the past, and regularly conducts overflights into southern Lebanon, a stronghold of Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

The overflights are a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which also calls for the dismantling and disarming of all militias in Lebanon.

Beirut has previously filed complaints to the United Nations over similar arrests, arguing that they violate Resolution 1701, which ended a devastating 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.

UNIFIL was set up in 1978 to monitor the border with Israel and was expanded after the 2006 war, which killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mainly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mainly soldiers.
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1 ) Robert Kalgnoni / USA
13/01/2011 21:05
israelis should have killed him. Hopefully soon they will level Gaza& West Bank and get rid of the Muslim cancer

2 ) Dan Decker / USA
18/01/2011 22:25
It looks like Israel is trying to provoke another war with Hezbullah. It is really sad for a lot of US citizens that we have to be associated so closely with Israel. We detest it but keep getting drug into the cesspool by our stupid politicians.
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