Israel starts building wall along Lebanese border (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/30/12)
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The Israeli military on Monday began building a wall that will run
several kilometres (miles) along part of its border with Lebanon, a
military spokeswoman told AFP.
"This construction, which began on Monday, is being carried out in
coordination with UNIFIL (the United Nations Interim Force in
Lebanon) and the Lebanese army. The wall is intended to avoid
frictions on the border," she said.
Israeli public radio said the wall would be several metres high and
intended to protect the Israeli border town of Metulla from fire
coming from the Lebanese side. It is expected to take several weeks
Israel´s military announced the project in January, saying it would
protect recently-constructed apartment blocks in Metulla from sniper
fire coming from the Lebanese border town of Kfar Kila.
Israel and Lebanon are technically at war but military officers from
the two sides meet regularly under the auspices of UNIFIL to
coordinate security along their joint border.
Israel fought a devastating war against Lebanon´s Hezbollah movement
in 2006, which cost the lives of 1,200 people in Lebanon, mainly
civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers. (Copyright © 2012
Agence France Presse. 04/30/12)
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