Israel begins buildings wall on Lebanon border (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Maor Buchnik, Reuters Published: 04.30.12, 20:20)
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Army says wall that will stretch from Metulla to Kila intended
to ´prevent firing from Lebanese side´
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
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.
The army Spokesperson´s Unit said the current barrier is being
upgraded to "protect the northern communities and boost defense in
areas of friction between the IDF and the Lebanese army."
The wall is being built with the cooperation of the UN peacekeeping
force, the IDF said.
A ceasefire has largely been maintained along the frontier since
Israel fought a war against Lebanon´s Hezbollah terrorists in 2006.
The Israeli military said the border project had been coordinated
with the UN force and Lebanese Army, adding that it is expected to be
completed in about a month.
Last week, on the eve of Independence Day, Palestinian crossed the
border from Lebanon into Israel with his two children and was
immediately detained by Israeli troops. The man was not carrying any
weapons. Terrorists have not infiltrated Israel through its northern
border for years.
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.
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