Sunday 27 September 2020

Israeli troops shoot Syrian shepherd near Lebanese border

Israeli troops have shot and injured a Syrian shepherd working near the Lebanese border, claiming that he had crossed into the Occupied Territories.

The Lebanese satellite television station al-Manar reported that the Israeli forces opened fire on the Syrian shepherd working on a farm in the Kfarchouba Hills area, which is on the Lebanese side of the UN-drawn Blue Line.

"A short while ago... troops spotted a suspect who crossed the Blue Line from Lebanon” into Israel, the military claimed in a statement.

"The suspect was injured from fire and is being evacuated to a hospital … in Israel," it added.

The Lebanese military identified the man as Mohamad Noureddine Abdel al-Azim, a cattle herder and Syrian citizen.

Lebanon said it was following up on the incident in coordination with the UN peacekeepers who patrol the Blue Line. The United Nations marked out the line between Lebanon and Israel in 2000.

Israel and Lebanon are technically at war.

In 2006, Israel launched a 33-day war on Lebanon, in which about 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, lost their lives. 

Israel violates Lebanon's airspace on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.

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