The Israeli army seized on Tuesday a herd of goats from the southern Lebanese border town of Shebaa and on Wednesday it kidnapped a shepherd identified as Ismail Khalil Nabaah and took him to the occupied Shebaa Farms.
A state of alert on the Lebanese and Israeli sides prevailed following the incident, the National News Agency reported on Wednesday, adding that UNIFIL is working on releasing the abducted shepherd.
Yesterday the shepherds of the herd of goats managed to escape in what was described as ” kidnapping attempt”, National News Agency reported.
The herd was taken away to the occupied Shebaa Farms, NNA sources reported
The same sources remarked that an Israeli force had set up an ambush to the north of the border line, around 50 to 100 meters inside Shebaa, before seizing the goats.
This is not the first incident of its type . In attempting to kidnap suspect shepherds, Israel seized on several occasions Lebanese cows, sheep, goats and donkeys.
The area where these incidents are taking place is a stronghold of the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group but falls under the control of UNIFIL peacekeepers .
The Shebaa Farms were occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war . At the time they were occupied Syria had its troops stationed there because of their proximity to Israel. Syria confirmed orally to the UN on several occasions that the Shebaa Farms are Lebanese but refused to provide the confirmation in writing and refused to demarcate the Lebanese Syrian border