Israel completes Lebanon border wall around Metulla (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF 06/10/12)
TIMES OF ISRAEL
TIMES OF ISRAEL Articles-Index-Top
Security barrier, aimed at protecting northern town, finished in just
over one month
A seven-meter high wall separating Israel from Lebanon near the
border town of Metulla has been completed, a little over one month
after construction began, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported
The wall, which runs 1,200 meters long, is meant to protect residents
of the northern town from sniper fire or rock attacks from the
Lebanese town of Kfar Kila, just a few meters across the border.
Xinhua quoted Lebanese officials as saying the wall had been
completed sometime Saturday.
The wall is outfitted with sophisticated cameras and sensory
equipment aimed at preventing infiltration and confrontation between
Israel and Lebanon
Construction of the fence was briefly halted in its first days, after
Lebanon complained to UNIFIL that Israel had strayed several
centimeters into Lebanon.
UNIFIL is the United Nations peacekeeping force tasked since 2006
with patrolling the Lebanese side of the border.
Israel and Lebanon are officially still at war and have only a cease-
fire line separating them, known as the UN Blue Line, which is
demarcated by a fence on the Israeli side.
in 2010, Israelis trimming shrubs on the border fence were fired upon
by Lebanese troops. The ensuing exchange of fire left three Lebanese
soldiers and one Israeli officer dead.
According to an article in Now Lebanon, Kfar Kila is a popular place
for Lebanese activists and tourists to shout at or throw rocks at
Israelis working in fields across the border. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY