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Lebanon slams Israel for arrest of Lebanese citizen

Israel Materials 12 January 2011 23:55
Lebanon lashed out Wednesday at Israel after one of its border patrols arrested a Lebanese civilian in the border area between the two countries, dpa reported.
Lebanon slams Israel for arrest of Lebanese citizen

Lebanon lashed out Wednesday at Israel after one of its border patrols arrested a Lebanese civilian in the border area between the two countries, dpa reported.

"This is a flagrant assault on residents of southern Lebanon," the Lebanese army said in a statement. "Enemy troops crossed the technical fence south of the village of Rmeish and kidnapped a Lebanese man, whom they took into the occupied territories (Israel)."

Israeli military officials, however, said the civilian had crossed the border, and was picked up near the Israeli security fence, which lies several hundred metres south of the UN-recognized "blue line."

The Lebanese army identified the detainee as Charbel Khouri.

A Lebanese security source said Khouri is expected to be released on Thursday morning following contacts between the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and Israel.

The Lebanese army said it was in contact with UNIFIL, which is tasked with monitoring the Lebanon-Israel border, in order to "free the citizen."

Lebanon has previously filed complaints with the United Nations over similar incidents, accusing Israel of violating the Security Council resolution that ended a 33-day war between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah in 2006.

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