Due to the deteriorating economic situation in Lebanon, the IDF opened the border to allow Lebanese olive harvesters to gather crops in Israeli territory.

At least 50% of the Lebanese people are reportedly living in dire poverty.

“In light of the economic situation in Lebanon, and as a gesture of goodwill to the Lebanese people, the IDF opened the border to agricultural workers from Al Jabal, Itaron, and Balida,” an IDF statement read.

“The IDF allowed the workers to cross the Blue Line, to a certain extent, allowing them to harvest olive trees in Israeli territory,” the statement added.