Israel building wall on Lebanon border

Published April 30th, 2012 - 02:35 GMT

Israel began Monday the construction of a one kilometer long wall on its border with the Lebanon, saying it represented an essential element to ensure the protection the town of Metulla

There is already a security fence which runs along the border with the Lebanon, but the Israeli army found it necessary to strengthen the measures by a cement wall running 5 to 7 meters high to separate Metulla from the Lebanese village Kila.

"It is to prevent shooting from Lebanese territory into Israeli territory. In the past 18 months, there have been a number of incidents," explained Israeli colonel Amit Fisher, speaking to Israeli Radio.

The Israeli army said that the project was designed in coordination with the United Nations forces that monitor the ceasefire in effect since the end of the war between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah in 2006.

At the same time, Israel is carrying out the construction of a security fence on its southern border with Egypt.

These barriers are reminiscent of the wall which runs along and through the West Bank, widely encroaching on occupied Palestinian territory and which the International Court of justice ruled illegal.

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