Local Israeli security forces near the site of the suspected infiltration from Lebanon into Israel on Thursday

IDF captures two suspects who crossed into Israel from Lebanon

Military blocks off several roads and scrambles helicopters to aid in nightly manhunt; locals instructed to stay inside; The two are most likely migrant workers

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Published: 07.22.21, 08:16
The IDF on Thursday captured two suspects who crossed into Israel from Lebanon following a massive manhunt near the border area.
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  • The military said that around 2am it had observed two people entering along the northern frontier.
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    Local Israeli security forces near the site of the suspected infiltration from Lebanon into Israel on Thursday
    (Photo: Avihu Shapira)
    Efforts included deploying additional forces to the area and blocking off roads to cut off any escape. Soldiers used flares to light up the night sky and IAF helicopters were scrambled.
    The IDF blocked off several roads between the Biranit military base and Kibutz Sasa, as well as another road between the Baram archeological site and Kibbutz Baram.
    As a precautionary measure, residents in the region were instructed to stay in their homes, but the order was quickly lifted. The military said the two were most likely migrants looking for work.
    IDF and security forces near the Lebanon border after the suspected infiltration on Thursday
    (Video: Aviho Shapira)
    The suspected infiltration attempt occurred less than two days after two rockets were launched into Western Galilee overnight on Tuesday, setting off sirens in northern cities and towns but causing no damage or injuries.
    One of the rockets was shot down by missile defenses and the other landed in an open area, the military said.
    The IDF retaliated with artillery fire into Lebanon.
    Last month, the IDF apprehended two Turkish nationals who had crossed into Israel from Lebanon following a massive manhunt.
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