Israel Briefly Detained Lebanese Woman Who Crossed Border

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -
A view of Lebanon from the Israeli side of the Lebanon-Israeli border near Hanikra, by the U.N. Blue Line. (Doron Horowitz/Flash90)

The IDF said on Sunday that it had briefly held a Lebanese woman who crossed the border and then repatriated her, a detention Beirut denounced as an abduction.

The Lebanese army said that the woman, Nohad Dali, was taken on Saturday evening from Shebaa, in the Golan Heights.

“An Israeli enemy patrol carried out the abduction of Nohad Dali,” a Lebanese army statement said.

The IDF said two shepherds had crossed the U.N.-demarcated border with Lebanon and that one of them was taken into custody by its troops.

“She was returned today,” a military spokesman said Sunday.

Lebanon raised Dali’s case with the U.N. peacekeepers, the Lebanese army statement said.

Overnight Motzoei Shabbos, IDF soldiers caught three Gaza Arabs who attempted to enter Israel. Officials caught them as they crossed the border fence, and they were arrested. Officials said that they believe the three, who were carrying flammable material, had been on their way to carry out a terror attack or to set a fire at an Israeli farm or forest.

Also overnight, security officials said they arrested 16 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.