Israel begins building border wall with Lebanon
The Israeli army began building a wall Monday along its border with Lebanon that will separate the Lebanese village of Kfar Kila from Israel's settlement of Metula, Xinhua reported.
Israeli public radio said the wall, which is expected to take several weeks to build, was intended to protect Metula from fire coming from the Lebanese side. Israel's military announced the project in January, saying it would protect recently constructed apartment blocks in Metula from sniper fire coming from the Lebanese border town of Kfar Kila.
On Sunday, UNIFIL began installing a two-meter high structure covered by an orange tarpaulin on the pavement alongside the fence on the Lebanese side of the border. Metal poles on which the tarpaulin will be fixed were also erected on a 200-meter stretch near the Fatima Gate.
Monday's work is expected to include the early stages of building the eight-meter-high, one-km-long wall. The Lebanese Army along with UNIFIL troops maintained a heavy presence in the area.
Last week, a Palestinian man and his two children snuck briefly into Israel before being caught and handed back to the Lebanese Army.
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.