Israeli who slipped into Lebanon to be returned

34-year-old man who jumped over the border fence handed over to the Red Cross, set to return to Israel next week.

May 4, 2013 17:03
IDF soldiers close gate at Lebanon Border

IDF soldiers close gate at Lebanon Border 370. (photo credit: Jamal Saidi / Reuters)

The Israeli man who crossed the border into Lebanon on Wednesday will be returned to Israel on Sunday, Israel Radio reported.

Simon Sa'dati, 34, who reportedly suffers from a mental illness, was handed over to the International Red Cross on Saturday after three days of interrogations by the Lebanese army intelligence, Lebanese TV station LBCI News.

Representatives of the Red Cross met with him on Thursday in a prison in Tyre and reported he was in good condition.

According to a report in the Beirut-based Daily Star, Sa'dati jumped over the border fence south of the city of Nakoura, where the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon is located.

The IDF confirmed that a person was seen crossing into Lebanon and that the army turned to UNIFIL with a request for further information.

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