’Israeli’ Troops Kidnap Two Shepherds in South Lebanon

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Lebonan
Saturday, 06 July 2013


leb"Israeli" soldiers on Tuesday kidnapped two shepherds from a southern Lebanese village near the occupied Shebaa Farms, a UN official said.

"We were informed that two shepherds were apprehended by "Israel's" army in the Shebaa area. The [UNIFIL]

He further mentioned that the "Israeli" army confirmed to UNIFIL that the two shepherds, identified as Youssef Hussein Rahil and Youssef Mohammed Zahra, are in "Israeli" custody.

"Israel's" motivation for targeting the two men remains unclear. It also wasn't immediately known if Youssef Mohammed Zahra was the same shepherd as an 18-year-old with the same name who was abducted by "Israeli" troops one year ago.
"We don't know what happened at this stage," Tenenti said. "There is an ongoing investigation."
"Israeli" troops on 29 June 2012 kidnapped the teenage shepherd in the Shebaa Farms area before releasing him the next day.

"Israel" has occupied Lebanon's Shebaa Farms region since 1967.

A statement released later by the Army Command elaborated: "A pedestrian "Israeli" patrol kidnapped shepherds Zahra and Rhayyel from the liberated Lebanese territory in Shebaa near al-Naqqar pond."

It also noted that a 20-member "Israeli" patrol crossed the technical fence in the Kfar Shouba area and advanced 25 meters into an area disputed by Lebanon before withdrawing later.

"Following these incidents, army unit mobilized in the area and took the necessary defensive measures."
The army communique added: "We also contacted the UNIFL troops to coordinate our efforts and release the kidnapped Lebanese."

"> force commander is following up on this issue with all the parties ... and is trying to secure their release," Andrea Tenenti, spokesperson for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, told al-Akhbar Lebanese daily.

He further mentioned that the "Israeli" army confirmed to UNIFIL that the two shepherds, identified as Youssef Hussein Rahil and Youssef Mohammed Zahra, are in "Israeli" custody.

"Israel's" motivation for targeting the two men remains unclear. It also wasn't immediately known if Youssef Mohammed Zahra was the same shepherd as an 18-year-old with the same name who was abducted by "Israeli" troops one year ago.
"We don't know what happened at this stage," Tenenti said. "There is an ongoing investigation."
"Israeli" troops on 29 June 2012 kidnapped the teenage shepherd in the Shebaa Farms area before releasing him the next day.

"Israel" has occupied Lebanon's Shebaa Farms region since 1967.

A statement released later by the Army Command elaborated: "A pedestrian "Israeli" patrol kidnapped shepherds Zahra and Rhayyel from the liberated Lebanese territory in Shebaa near al-Naqqar pond."

It also noted that a 20-member "Israeli" patrol crossed the technical fence in the Kfar Shouba area and advanced 25 meters into an area disputed by Lebanon before withdrawing later.

"Following these incidents, army unit mobilized in the area and took the necessary defensive measures."
The army communique added: "We also contacted the UNIFL troops to coordinate our efforts and release the kidnapped Lebanese."

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