Israeli troops detained an unarmed Lebanese man who crossed the northern border into an Israeli city near the border on Friday night, the army said.
The suspect was detained by troops in a residential area of Metulla, which is just a few steps from the border in some areas.
The army said he was initially seen by soldiers monitoring security cameras after he managed to break through the security fence at the Blue Line, the ceasefire line between Israel and Lebanon that acts as a de facto border.
Soldiers were dispatched to the scene to search for him, firing flares over the border city to light up the night, the IDF said in a statement.
One video appeared to show troops ordering the man to come out from behind a large square box that he was apparently hiding behind, then tackling him when he came out with his hands up.
The suspect was taken in for questioning, the army said.
An unarmed Lebanese man entered Metula and was trapped between the settlement houses after being identified by observations from the sector; Metula is surrounded by a border fence and the IDF is investigating the circumstances of the incident.
The force that captured the suspect now under investigation: the settlement’s reserve platoon pic.twitter.com/yhMeUvC6Db
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The motive for the suspect was unclear, although a growing number of Lebanese civilians have sought refuge in Israel as their country sinks deeper into the economic crisis. Those who managed to enter Israeli territory have been sent back to Lebanon after being questioned.
Last month, a Lebanese national who was detained by the IDF after successfully crossing the border into Israel was returned to Lebanon on Friday without incident.
On Monday, Israel said it opened its border to farm workers from neighboring Lebanon, with whom it is technically at war, to pick olives.
“In light of the economic situation in Lebanon, and as a goodwill gesture towards the Lebanese people, the IDF opened the border to agricultural workers from Al Jabal, Itados and Balida,” an IDF statement reads. .