ISRAEL (OBSERVATORY) – The Israeli army said on Sunday it had briefly detained a Lebanese woman who crossed the border and then left, a charge Lebanon condemned as a kidnapping.
The Lebanese army said a national, Nihad Dali, was taken on Saturday night from Shebaa, a disputed small area that Israel considers part of the Syrian Golan Heights, which it occupied in 1967 but which Beirut regards as Lebanese territory.
The Lebanese army command said in a statement published by the National Information Agency, “On 28 April at 20:30 hours, an Israeli enemy patrol carried out the abduction of Nihad Dali, a resident of the area, and took her to the occupied Palestinian territories.”
The Israeli army said two of the shepherds had crossed the border drawn up by the United Nations with Lebanon and that his forces had detained one of them.
There is a United Nations peacekeeping force on the Lebanese-Israeli border. The last direct conflict in the region took place in 2006 and was a brief war between Israel and the Hezbollah group.
Tension between Israel and Hezbollah has increased because of the group’s role in the Syrian civil war, from which it gained more experience and increased its arsenal. Hezbollah is fighting with Syrian government forces in a coalition backed by Iran.
“The army units deployed in the area have taken the necessary measures, while the abduction issue is being pursued with the United Nations forces in Lebanon,” the statement said.