A Syrian national who was shot after he crossed the border into Israel from Lebanon last month, apparently to perform reconnaissance on behalf of the Hezbollah terror group, was sent back to Lebanon on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said.
On May 17, the shepherd entered the area of Har Dov, or Shebaa Farms — a disputed region along the Israeli-Lebanese border under Israeli control — with a walkie-talkie as he was apparently performing surveillance on behalf of Hezbollah, according to the military.
Golani Brigade soldiers arrived at the scene to detain him, firing their guns into the air to warn him to stop. The man, who was unarmed, allegedly behaved suspiciously and one of the troops opened fire at him, seriously injuring him, according to the IDF.
The man was flown to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center for treatment. In the hospital he was questioned by security forces.
“The suspect received medical treatment in Israel and was released after interrogation,” the military said in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the IDF, the International Red Cross transported him back to Lebanon through the rarely used Rosh Hanikra border crossing.
“The IDF takes seriously all attempts to violate Israeli sovereignty,” the military said.
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