5 Sudanese handed over to Lebanon after being arrested for trying to cross to Israel

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Sunday handed over to the Lebanese army five Sudanese nationals who were arrested in the morning by the Israeli army for trying to cross the border into Israel.

Lebanese military sources told Xinhua that the Israeli army handed the five people over to the UNIFIL operating in Ayta ash Shab, a village in southern Lebanon close to the Israeli border.

The five detainees have been taken to a security center for investigation, the sources said.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses in the border area told Xinhua that the Israeli army intensified its patrols along the border line, while the Lebanese army raised its deployment in the area.

The past months have witnessed a series of incidents in which people crossed the border to Israel but were arrested and returned to Lebanon through the UNIFIL.