Lebanese border (file)
Lebanese border (file)Flash 90

The Lebanese army has arrested an Arab citizen of Israel who cut through barbed wire to cross the border into Lebanon, a security official said on Thursday.

"Ibrahim Zaydat entered Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon after cutting through a small section of barbed wire at the southeastern border, and was arrested by the army," the official told AFP.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said it still was not clear why Zaydat had entered Lebanon.

UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon have asked for him to be released at the request of the Israeli military command, the source said, adding that Lebanese authorities are questioning Zaydat and will announce later if they will release him or not.

It is rare for an Israeli citizen to cross into Lebanon. Lebanese shepherds who approach the border with Israel are often stopped for questioning by the IDF but usually later released.

Last month, two Palestinian Arab terrorists were arrested by the Lebanese army over involvement in a spree of rocket attacks on northern Israel.

"Khalil and Hassan Kharraz...admitted to transporting rockets on July 13 and 14 to the area from where they were launched" at Israel, the Lebanese army said in a statement. At least nine rockets were fired from south Lebanon towards the Jewish state between July 11 and July 14, prompting IAF airstrikes eliminating terror targets in Lebanon.