“After continuous search operations an army intelligence patrol was able to find the American citizen ‘Colin Emery’ hiding in one of the alleys in the city of Tyre … He was arrested over suspicions of entering on 15/01/2019 from the Occupied Palestinian Territories [Israel] to Lebanon territory,” the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) said in an official statement on January 17.
Last week, the Israeli media reported that a man wearing an Israeli military uniform and holding a box full of Hebrew documents entered the southern Lebanese village of Ayta ash Shab through a hole in the separation line. Tyre, where Emery was found, is located some 20 kilometers from Aita al-Shaab.
Lebanese sources said that Emery was arrested while he was trying to buy clothes from a shop in Tyre. Apparently, the man’s trousers were shredded while he was crossing the barbed wire on the separation line.
While some Lebanese activists believe that Emery was engaged in some sort of sabotage operations of Israeli or American intelligence, others believe that the man was simply looking for an adventure. The LAF will likely reveal more details on this incident in the upcoming few days.