Lebanon filed a complaint Thursday with the UN Security Council about an Israeli incursion into its territory.
This was not your typical border incursion, mind you. After the Israeli Defense Forces left, they took 185 goats with them from the outskirts of the town of Shebaa.
Israel has not officially responded to the complaint.
Lebanon rejected Israel’s allegations that Lebanese Development and Liberation bloc MP Qassem Hashem led a protest along the border that removed a barbed-wire fence used as a border marker for the boundary known as the “Blue Line.” The fence was replaced with flags.
The livestock controversy is not new in southern Lebanon. Last year, Spanish and Indian soldiers offered to build a fence around a pond to keep Israeli livestock from drinking Lebanese water. Prior to that, an Israeli bull was killed at the same pond after it charged UN soldiers.
After UN peacekeepers met with the Israeli army, the goats were returned.