BEIRUT: A sizable flock of goats kidnapped by Israeli forces was released back into Lebanon Tuesday, a U.N. peacekeeping spokesman said. Around 900 goats, as well as cows, sheep and other livestock were kidnapped by Israeli forces near the Shebaa Farms along the Blue Line after a failed bid to abduct two farmers, the National News Agency reported Tuesday. About 90 Israelis crossed around 500 meters past the Blue Line to take the livestock into the Israeli occupied Shebaa Farms. UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti said peacekeepers did not witness the incident and did not know how the livestock got into Israeli-held territory. Tenenti said when peacekeepers heard about the incident they contacted the Israeli army, who promptly released the livestock. UNIFIL officials said they are looking into the incident.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 18, 2012, on page 4.