Report: American captured by Lebanese army after crossing border from Israel

No confirmation yet from Israeli officials on the details or whereabouts of the US citizen who apparently crossed the border on Tuesday.

By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News

The Lebanese military has apprehended an American citizen, identified as Colin Emery, in the city of Tyre, after he had crossed the Israeli-Lebanese border, according to AlManar, a Lebanese satellite television station affiliated with Hezbollah. Emery is said to be Jewish.

Lebanese social media said that the man was working in “the Zionist entity,” the name given to Israel by such media which do not recognize the Jewish state. In fact, Al-Manar, in its report, referred to the border as Palestinian-Lebanese, even though the area is not disputed internationally as Israeli territory.

He was reported on social media to have been trying “to buy clothes in Tyre.”

Emery apparently attempted to cross into Lebanon at the village of Ayta ash Shab, the same village from which a Hezbollah unit attacked IDF forces in 2006, launching the Second Lebanon War.

IDF forces searched the northern border on Tuesday using helicopters, and Lebanese army forces and Hezbollah units searched for the man on the Lebanese side of the border.

It remains unclear what motivated him to cross into Lebanon.