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Israel releases kidnapped shepherd

UNIFIL peacekeepers patrol the southern border village of Kfar Kila, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: A Lebanese shepherd snatched by Israeli troops from the southern village of Shebaa two days ago was released late Wednesday and handed over to the Army through the intermediary of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, the Army said Thursday.

“Following up on an earlier announcement on the kidnapping of shepherd Ismail Khalil Nabaa who was snatched by the Israeli enemy and taken inside occupied Palestine on 29.07.2014, and after a series of contacts between the army and UNIFIL,” the Army said in a statement, “Nabaa was handed over to military intelligence through the peacekeeping force yesterday [Wednesday] at 22:50.”

The statement said Nabaa was transferred to UNIFIL at the Ras Naqoura crossing between Lebanon and Israel.

Israeli troops often kidnap Lebanese shepherds only to release them hours later.

 

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