Israel begins building wall on Lebanese border (REUTERS) Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Angus MacSwan METULLA, Israe 04/30/12 8:57am EDT)
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(Reuters) - Israel began building a wall on Monday along a 1-km (0.6
mile) -stretch of its border with Lebanon, saying the barrier was
necessary to boost security for an Israeli frontier town across from
a Lebanese village.
An Israeli security fence already runs along the entire border but
the military said defenses had to be bolstered with a 5-7 meter-(16-
23 feet) high cement wall between the Israeli town of Metulla and the
Lebanese village of Kila.
"(The wall is) intended to prevent firing from the Lebanese side into
the Israeli side. In the past year and a half there have been a
number of incidents," Colonel Amit Fisher, a senior commander on the
border, told Israel Radio.
A ceasefire has largely been maintained along the frontier since
Israel fought a war against Lebanon´s Hezbollah guerrillas in 2006.
U.N. peacekeepers are stationed in the border area in southern
The Israeli military said the border project had been coordinated
with the U.N. force and Lebanese Army.
Israel is also building a security fence in its south, along the
border with Egypt´s Sinai desert, citing concerns over militant
activity and smuggling.
An Israeli barrier also twists through the occupied West Bank. Israel
says the project, begun during a wave of Palestinian suicide bombings
inside Israeli cities, has bolstered its security. Palestinians call
it a land grab and the World Court has deemed the barrier illegal.
(Reporting by Avi Ohayon in Metulla, Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem and
Erika Solomon in Beirut, Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Angus
MacSwan) (© Thomson Reuters 2012. 04/30/12)
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