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UNIFIL hands over Lebanese shepherd seized by Israel

English.news.cn   2012-07-01 00:50:40            

BEIRUT, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) handed over to the Lebanese army on Saturday a young shepherd, who was seized Friday by Israeli forces in the disputed Shebaa Farms, National News Agency reported.

The NNA said that the hand-over was concluded at the headquarters of the UNIFIL at Naqoura.

Israeli soldiers entered Friday Marj al-Teiss, a disputed zone which is claimed by Lebanon, and seized 18-year-old Mohamed Yussef Zahra.

Zahra, who spent overnight in UNIFIL's custody, was handed over to the Lebanese military intelligence in Naqoura on Saturday, after being interrogated by the Israelis following several hours of detention.

Marj el-Teiss is located in the disputed Shebaa Farms, a mountainous area rich in water resources and located at the junction of Lebanon, Syria and Israel. The area has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour condemned Friday the abduction of Zahra, calling on the international community to "force Israel to stop its recurrent and persistent violations against Lebanon."

Editor: yan
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