Israel: a vulture alleged spy recovered in Lebanon thanks to the UN.
U.N. peacekeepers have fulfilled a good offices
mission between two countries still in a state of war by helping the return of
a vulture captured in Lebanon on suspicion of espionage for Israel, Israeli
authorities said Friday.
a discreet operation with the Lebanese and with the assistance of UN forces
(...), the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority managed to recover the vulture
that had been captured there. a few days ago by villagers from Bint Jbeil,
Lebanon, "the Authority said in a statement.
The United Nations mediated between the
Lebanese and the Gamla Reserve where the vulture lived before crossing the
border, the Authority said.
efforts were successful and the vulture was returned last night to a
satisfactory state of health at the border at Rosh Hanikra," a kibbutz in northern
Israel, she added. The raptor, taken care of, is "weak and has minor
injuries," the Authority said.
A photo posted on social networks show soldiers
in blue beret surrender the animal.
Israel's environmental authorities had
expressed concern for the first time on Tuesday when social media footage
showed the raptor, carrying an Israeli identification ring and a transmitter,
in the hands of Bint Jbeil residents.
see "the vulture tied with a rope by inhabitants" who suspected him of
spying for Israel, they had reported.
had moved about four kilometers into Lebanese territory, they said.