After hours-long search, troops nab two migrants who entered Israel from Lebanon via @timesofisrael
Israeli soldiers arrested two suspects who crossed into northern Israel from Lebanon on Thursday morning, following an hours-long manhunt, the army said, amid rising tensions along the restive northern frontier.
The two men appeared to be migrants from Lebanon who entered Israel with the hope of finding work. They were being questioned by Israeli security forces, the military said.
Troops were sent to the area around the towns of Dovev and Baram near the unofficial border with Lebanon, known as the Blue Line, at around 2 a.m. after two suspicious people were spotted crossing the border fence into Israel, according to the military.
“At this hour, Israeli forces are in pursuit of two suspects and using an array of utilities to stop them,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement just before 6 a.m.
As a precautionary move, the military initially instructed people in Dovev and Baram to remain inside their homes, but the order was quickly lifted as it became clear the suspects were likely to be migrants looking for work rather than armed terrorist operatives.
The suspected infiltration came less than two days after a rare rocket attack from Lebanon on Israel, which followed closely on the heels of alleged Israeli airstrikes on sites near Aleppo in Syria apparently connected to Iranian-backed militias. A second Israeli sortie was reported early Thursday.
Lebanon is in the midst of a devastating economic and political crisis that has seen its currency bottom out and sent masses into the streets to protest.
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