Photo Credit: Basel Awidat / Flash 90
Israeli soldiers guard near the scene where an Israeli soldier was lightly wounded by a gunfire shot from the Lebanese side of Israel's northern border near Metulla, on October 26, 2016.

Dozens of southern Lebanese citizens crossed the “blue line” international border into northern Israel during the day on Saturday.

The attempted infiltration took place near the village of Mais el-Jabal.

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They were stopped by Israel Defense Forces, who used smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. No injuries were reported.

Israel’s security fence along the border is actually a few meters back from the international border, and no one managed to breach the security fence.

According to a report broadcast by a Hezbollah-linked television station, the protesters gathered “to protest the spying and photography in the area by Israel.” The report alleged that Lebanese parliamentarians also participated.

There’s been no comment from the IDF.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.