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Israeli troops rustle 450 goats from southern Lebanon

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A young herdsman tends to his goats in a field in the village of Rawda in Lebanon’s Beqaa valley on June 14, 2016. (AFP)

After failing to kidnap a shepherd, Israeli forces have resorted to stealing 450 of his goats from a village in southern Lebanon, a report says.

According to Lebanon’s National News Agency, after failing to nab Lebanese national Mohammad Qassem Hashem on Wednesday, the Israeli troops snatched his goats and relocated them to the Israeli-occupied section of the Shebaa Farms.

UN peacekeepers and Lebanese troops are currently trying to retrieve the stolen livestock.

This is not the first time the Israeli forces run away with hundreds of goats from southern Lebanon, with a similar incident being reported as recently as February 2016.   

In 2010, Lebanon filed a complaint with the UN Security Council, accusing Israeli soldiers of entering its territory and stealing goats.

Israel also violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis through sending reconnaissance drones.

The Lebanese government, the Hezbollah resistance movement, and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, have repeatedly condemned the over-flights, saying they are in clear violation of UN Resolution 1701 and the country’s sovereignty.

UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the 2006 war, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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