Lebanon’s army says it has arrested an American man who had trespassed into the country from Israel.
“After continuous searches by the Army, an intelligence patrol … found American citizen Colin Emery in a Tyre neighborhood,” the army said in a statement on Thursday, referring to a city in southern Lebanon, Lebanon’s The Daily Star paper reported.
Emery was arrested on January 15, the army added.
“Reports circulated Tuesday that a man wearing an Israeli army uniform had entered Bint Jbeil’s Ayta al-Sha’b at around 3:30 p.m,” the paper noted.
Bint Jbeil is a city in the nearby Lebanese governorate of Nabatieh.
“After encountering local residents, the suspect reportedly tossed a box containing identification papers written in Hebrew and fled,” it said.
The US Embassy in Lebanon said it had found out about the reports pointing to the incident, but noted, “Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.”