Shepherds without borders: Israel’s war with Lebanese herders

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Shepherds often unknowingly cross an unfenced blue line, and are sometimes seized on suspicion of being spies

In most places around the world, a shepherd’s work is a quiet and solitary business. But in the rolling borderlands of southern Lebanon, a wandering sheep can lead to a diplomatic incident or worse.

In the years since Israel’s withdrawal from most of Lebanon in 2000, a game of cat and mouse has been played out on the frontier between the two countries, which are still technically at war. The game pits a regional military superpower against farmers and goatherds for whom detention is an occupational hazard.

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