An Israeli border patrol unit on Saturday was shocked to find an 80-year-old Lebanese woman tangled in barbed wire on her country’s side of the border.
The woman was trapped and could not be helped by the Lebanese Army due to an adjacent mine field. The Israeli troops knew they had to get her out, and so contacted the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to coordinate with the Lebanese Army, so that the Israelis would not come under fire as they moved a few inches into Lebanese territory.
The last time Israeli troops conducted a routine, non-aggressive operation along the border, Lebanese troops opened fire, killing an Israeli commander and severely wounding his deputy.
But Saturday’s rescue went off without a hitch, and the elderly woman was brought into Israeli territory, checked for injuries by medical personnel, and then transfered back to Lebanon via UNIFIL.
Official reports did not suggest how the woman came to be stuck in the border fence, but Israeli officials did say they believe she did not pose a security threat.