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Israel detains Lebanese citizen

06-28-2010 15:31 BJT

BEIRUT, June 27 (Xinhua) -- The UN interim forces in Lebanon ( UNIFIL) confirmed Sunday that the Israeli army has detained a Lebanese citizen in southern Lebanon who is currently in Israeli army's custody.

UNIFIL spokesperson Neeraj Singh told the country's state-run National News Agency (NNA) that the UNIFIL Commander General Alberto Asarta Cuevas is in communication with all sides to resolve the situation.

Local media reports said earlier that Israeli forces abducted Imad Hassan Atwi, a shepherd, from the town of Shebaa near the border with Israel.

Singh stressed that UNIFIL has sent an investigative team to the region to gather facts about the incident.

Local news website Now Lebanon reported that Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali Shami, the Lebanese army command and UNIFIL are discussing the Israeli abduction of the Lebanese citizen.

Israeli kidnapped in February a Lebanese citizen before releasing him after hours of abduction.

The Lebanese government lodged a complaint to UN Security Council in February against Israel, saying it is violating UN resolution 1701, Lebanon's sovereignty and its citizen's personal liberty.

UN resolution 1701 was implemented three years ago after a devastating war between Israel and Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah.

The UN interim forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were also deployed in south Lebanon to conduct peacekeeping missions and monitor the implementation of resolution 1701.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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